for better mental health

I need help now

If you're struggling to get through this moment or don't know where to turn, these resources and tools are for you. We designed them together with people who have been through times of crisis, who told us what helped them find a way through. 

What to do in a mental health emergency

  • If you're feeling like you might attempt suicide, or you have seriously harmed yourself, it is an emergency. Please call 999 for an ambulance. The NHS still wants you to do this during the coronavirus outbreak. Mental health emergencies are serious. You are not wasting anyone's time.
  • If you need to talk, there are people ready to listen. You can call Samaritans any time for free on 116 123. Shout also offers a free 24/7 crisis text service. Text SHOUT to 85258. You don't have to be suicidal to use these services – they are for anyone who's struggling. 
  • Our pages on crisis planning and other helplines and listening services list many more options for keeping yourself safe.

Tools to help you feel calmer

If you're feeling overwhelmed or out of control, you might want to try different methods of calming yourself down. There are some specific strategies that a crisis team might try to use with you to manage and minimize any symptoms you might be experiencing.

Coping techniques are simple exercises that try to accept, address and reduce the things you are experiencing.

Making a plan for the next few hours
Checklist

 If you are finding it difficult to focus or are unsure how to manage your day, writing down what you'll do next might help you feel more in control of the situation.

Try our step by step tool for getting through the next few hours

Coping with scary thoughts
Storm

Some people experience thoughts that are frightening or alarming you. They could be about suicide, harming yourself, harming others, or hearing voices.

We've put together a few ways that help people cope with unsettling thoughts.

Relaxing and calming exercises
Bamboo

If you are feeling anxious or scared there are many things you can do to help yourself cope.

Here are some simple exercises you can try that might calm you down. 

Ways to distract yourself for a while

If you are finding it difficult to process what you're going through, you might prefer to shift your attention onto something else for a while.

This is where you can take a break and immerse yourself in a soothing or relaxing activity that you enjoy.

Practical activities
Mitt

Sometimes it helps to immerse yourself in a creative or practical activity.

Look at what others have suggested and remind yourself of what you enjoy doing.

Websites and apps
Websites and apps

We asked other users of this tool and our supporters what the most distractingly fun bits of the internet were.

Take a look at their suggestions.

Games and puzzles
Controller

Games are often about problem solving. It might help to focus on solving something unrelated to what you are going through right now.

Here are some suggestions from the community.

What others have been through

While nobody will know exactly how you feel right now, you are never alone in this experience. This is where you can hear other people talk about their own experiences and what helped them to get through it.

It's important to remember that everyone's reactions can be different. If you see something that upsets you, navigate away from it, read something else or try a different activity.

Blogs people have shared with Mind

The Mind blog is a great place to find out about how people have dealt with their mental health problems, what their experiences of services have been, and how they are managing now

We've picked a few stories you might like to read here.

Blogs from our online community

Elefriends is an anonymous network where people can share experiences, support each other and be themselves. We asked some of the members to tell us their story, and included some snippets from supportive conversations.

Find out more and visit here.

Blogs from around the web

The internet is full of stories from people all around the world including documentaries, vlogs and blogs

Here's a selection to help you find out new coping tips, learn about what you're going through and feel more connected.

Find professional support

If you decide that you do need to ask for help, this is where you can find some options on where to go, as well as suggestions on how to search for services that might be more specific to you.

Find a therapist or counsellor

Talk to your GP

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