This guide explains what mental health crisis services are available, how they can help and when to access them. It also explains how you can plan for a crisis. If you're feeling in crisis right now, see our emergency advice.
If you feel unable to keep yourself safe and you need immediate help – especially if you think you are at risk of acting on suicidal feelings, or you have seriously harmed yourself and need medical attention.
Some A&E departments have a liaison psychiatry team (specialist help for mental health) that you can ask to see. If there isn't a liaison psychiatry team, A&E staff might contact other local services such as a crisis team (CRHT) to help assess you.
The liaison psychiatry team or mental health team might:
"I did take myself to the crisis team at A&E and got some help, [although I was] left to sit on my own for 2 hours. [After waiting] I was put in touch with the right people – they came to see me while I was there and I had a psych evaluation."
This can vary depending on the situation and the hospital you go to, but might include:
A&E departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and anyone can visit them free of charge.
Not all hospitals have A&E departments – to find one near you, you can:
To get to A&E, you can:
This information was published in October 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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