Crisis services

A guide explaining what mental health crisis services are available, how they can help and when to access them. Also provides guidance on how you can plan for a crisis.

Your stories

In crisis: my experience

In time for the release of the CQC's Mental Health Act report,Claire blogs about her experience of crisis care

Posted on 28/01/2014

How going to A&E helped me

Caroline blogs about how a visit to A&E helped her to realise she needed help.

Posted on 27/11/2013

What is a mental health crisis?

Please note: if you're feeling in extreme crisis right now, scroll to the top of this page and click the yellow 'I need urgent help' button. It will take you step-by-step through your options for support. Alternatively, see our page on how to seek help in a crisis.

A mental health crisis is when you feel your mental health is at breaking point. For example, you might be experiencing:

You may have already been diagnosed with a mental health problem, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression, or you might be going through your first episode of a diagnosable mental health problem.

Even if what you're going through isn't related to a specific diagnosis, experiencing emotions or behaviours that are painful or hard to manage can still make you feel like you're in crisis. When you're feeling like this, you may need to access crisis services to help you resolve the situation, or to support you until it has passed.

How do I know if I'm in crisis?

Everyone experiences a crisis in their own way. You might feel that your mental health has been steadily deteriorating for some time, or perhaps something's happened in your life that's shaken your stability. You might have a good idea what's likely to trigger a crisis for you, or you might not know what's causing your feelings.

But whatever your situation, if you start to feel unable to cope, or to keep yourself safe, it's important to ask for help.

Planning ahead: if you're concerned that you might experience a mental health crisis in the future, see our page on planning for a crisis for guidance on how you can plan ahead to keep yourself safe.

Rachel's story

Listen to Rachel talking about her experience of going through times of crisis with her mental health, and the different crisis services she accessed for support.

Read the transcript of this podcast here. Listen to more Mind podcasts on our Audioboom channel or iTunes channel.

This information was published in September 2015. We will revise it in 2018.

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