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
- Call your local crisis team - if you don't already have their number, you can find an urgent mental health helpline on the NHS website
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.
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:
- Contact NHS 111 if you live in England
- Contact NHS 111 Wales if you live in Wales (select option 2 to access urgent mental health support)
- Contact a local urgent mental health helpline (England only)
- Contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment. Many GPs are now offering these remotely.
Do you need some urgent coping tools?
We have some crisis resources that you can use right away, by yourself, wherever you are.
If you need to talk right now
Whatever you're going through, there are people you can talk to any time. You can:
- call Samaritans on 116 123 (UK-wide)
- text SHOUT to 85258 (UK-wide)
- call C.A.L.L. on 0800 132 737 (Wales only)
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!
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.
This information was published in June 2020.
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