for better mental health

How to get help in a crisis

If your life is at risk right now

If you feel like you might attempt suicide, or may have seriously harmed yourself, you need urgent medical help. Please:

  • call 999 for an ambulance
  • go straight to A&E, if you can
  • or call your local crisis team, if you have their number.

If you can't do this by yourself, ask someone to help you.

Mental health emergencies are serious. You're not wasting anyone's time.

What about coronavirus?

If you're worried about going to A&E because you're shielding or self-isolating, call 999 and ask for an ambulance to come to you.
 
The NHS still wants you to get the right help in an emergency. This may mean going to hospital. 

"To this day I am so thankful that I was told to go to A&E. Sometimes you need to hit a low in order to move on from one."

If you don't want to call 999

If you can keep yourself safe for a short while, but you still need urgent advice:

Do you need some urgent coping tools?

We have some crisis resources that you can use right away, by yourself, wherever you are.

Get crisis coping tools

If you need to talk right now

Whatever you're going through, there are people you can talk to any time. You can:

These services are for anyone who's struggling.

They won't judge you.

They're free, they're anonymous, and they're always open.

Our page of helplines and listening lines has more numbers to try. 

"Once a girl actually answered the phone and kept me talking through my thoughts and suicidal feelings for almost three hours! To her I shall be eternally grateful!"

If you want to help someone else

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Going to A&E in a crisis

"I could have just tidied myself up and gone to work but somehow I knew I had to speak to a doctor."

How can I prepare for a crisis?

When you're feeling in crisis, you just need to focus on staying safe, and getting help.

But if you have moments when you're feeling calmer and less overwhelmed, we have more information that could help you.

Learn about crisis services

This information was published in June 2020. We will revise it in 2021.

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