Time Space Compassion - supporting people experiencing suicidal crisis: introductory guide

Introductory guide to the Time Space Compassion principles and approach - a relationship and person centred approach to improving suicidal crisis. It has been developed for use by people and services who regularly come into contact and support people experiencing suicidal crisis.

Sources of Support

We value the time you take to read this guide and care about your experience of using it. While the guide’s purpose is to support positive change, we know it may impact emotionally on those reading it. We have provided details of organisations offering emotional listening support as well as ways to give feedback on this guide.

Breathing Space – Free and confidential mental health helpline, offering advice for individuals over the age of 16. From 6pm to 2am Monday to Thursday; and from 6pm Friday throughout the weekend to 6am Monday.

0800 83 85 87

Samaritans – Free 24/7 confidential non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing

feelings of distress or despair.

116 123


NHS24 Mental Health Hub – Free 24/7 listening support, advice, guiding you to further help if required.


Childline – Free 24/7 service for children and young people, for whenever they need support or advice.

0800 1111


NHS Inform – surviving suicidal thoughts – a website with stories and resources for those affected by suicide, including up to date details of 24/7 support, services available at other times, and support for specific communities (e.g. Switchboard LGBT+ and Think Positive Hub for students.)


Your feedback is important to us. Please share your advice on how we can improve the guide, including how we can make it a more accessible and positive resource. Contact us at TSC@gov.scot


Email: tsc@gov.scot

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