Seeking help for a mental health problem

A guide to taking the first steps, making empowered decisions and getting the right support for you.

Your stories

What is mental health and mental wellbeing?

Taryn blogs about mental health and wellbeing. What do they mean to you?

Taryn Ozorio
Posted on 24/01/2011

The importance of choice – access to talking therapies

Al blogs for us about the importance of choice and having access to the right talking therapy to suit you.

Posted on 02/12/2013

Talking made me feel less alone

Jess blogs about her experience of opening up about her mental health and the support she received as a result

Posted on 06/02/2014

How do I get help in a crisis?

A crisis is any situation in which you feel you need urgent help. For example, you might feel in crisis if:

  • you are having suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • you are having thoughts about harming yourself or someone else
  • you have seriously hurt yourself

The table below gives some general information on how you can get help in a crisis.

What's happening Ways you can get help
you think you may act on suicidal feelings, or you have seriously harmed yourself
  • you can go to any hospital A&E department and ask for help (if you need to, you can call 999 and ask for an ambulance)
you are feeling extremely distressed, or are experiencing suicidal feelings
  • you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 (freephone) – they're there to listen
  • you can click the yellow 'I need urgent help' button at the top of this screen for more options
  • if you are already in touch with a community mental health team (CMHT), you can contact them and ask how they can support you – they may have a crisis helpline you can call
  • you might find it helpful to read our information pages on coping with:
you need medical help or advice fast, but it’s not an emergency
  • you can call NHS 111 (in England) or NHS Direct (in Wales)
  • you can contact your GP and make an appointment for as soon as possible
you're worried that you might experience a crisis in the future

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

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