Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone line and website that
anyone in Scotland can call or log onto when they are feeling low
or depressed, and is available to the public every day from 6pm
– 2am on 0800 83 85 87.
Set up due to serious concerns about the well-being of people in
Scotland, particularly young men at risk from suicide, Breathing
Space is an integral part of the Scottish Executive’s National
Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being.
Breathing Space works to achieve the National Programme’s
vision of improving the mental health and well-being of everyone
living in Scotland, and in particular complements Choose Life’s
objectives seeks to offer early intervention & prevention and
response to people in immediate crisis by providing a 365 day a
year service listening, advice and signposting service.
Launched in 2002, the Breathing Space phone line was piloted in
Greater Glasgow and Argyll and Clyde and this was extended to the
rest of Scotland during 2004. At each stage of the promotional rollout,
Breathing Space hosted local launch events which included endorsement
from the area Choose Life Coordinator.
Tony McLaren Breathing Space’s National Coordinator said
“Breathing Space is at the front end of providing people at
risk of suicide with a point of contact, particularly late at night
when problems are running through their mind keeping them awake,
when the effects of drugs or alcohol are highest and after hours
and at weekends when many walk in services have closed their doors.
“Most importantly we aim to empower people to help themselves
by suggesting agencies in local areas that can help with specific
“One mother whose son sadly completed suicide in the Highland
commented to me that it was a long time from 5pm on Friday until
Monday morning. We hope that Breathing Space goes someway to bridge
that gap and gives people an easily accessible service when they
need it most.”
A large part of Breathing Space’s strategy for reaching
as many young men as it can in Scotland, is getting out and about
as much as possible. A team from Breathing Space went along to Scotlands
biggest music festival T in the Park for the second year running,
finding out how young, and not so young, Scots get their 'Breathing
T in the Park 2006 has proved to be a fabulous platform to raise
public awareness of Breathing Space. And once again the Breathing
Space tent at T in the Park proved to be a hit with music fans.
As well as handing out drawstring rucksacks and pocketcards to those
visiting the tent, the team were keen to find out just what Scots
do to maintain good mental health and find out the ways in which
they get their 'Breathing Space'.
Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd said: '...I like to surf, I like
to get out… as much as I can, but maybe not as much as you
know I would like to. I like to just get out and get on the board
and paddle out to sea and that where I kinda get my space, yeah
– it always makes me feel better when I do.’
River City star Ryan Fletcher who plays Vader commented: ‘Normally,
the best thing for me is talking to friends, family – people
who I trust more than anything, probably...'
Graeme from Yetts O Muckhart explains: '...spend some time alone,
talk to my friends and stuff…pretty much most of the time
you are ok with it, but um if you sort of start going under you
need to get yourself some space, like take a rest and stop doing
as many things’.
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