Where can I get help?
If you have already been given a Crisis Line number from a health professional, call it.
If you're under the care of a mental health team and have a specific care plan that states who to contact when you need urgent care, follow this plan.
The charity Mind provides information about how to plan for a crisis.
Samaritans has a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123.
Find local crisis support services near you
Contact NHS 111
You can call NHS 111 if you or someone you know needs urgent care, but it's not life threatening.
- if you have an existing mental health problem and your symptoms get worse
- if you experience a mental health problem for the first time
- if someone has self-harmed but it does not appear to be life threatening, or they're talking about wanting to self-harm
- if a person shows signs of possible dementia
- if a person is experiencing domestic violence or physical, sexual or emotional abuse
Book an emergency GP appointment
You can also contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment.
In a crisis, you should be offered an appointment with the first available doctor.
Visit A&E or call 999
A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a medical emergency.
Examples of mental health emergencies include thinking you're at risk of taking your own life or seriously harming yourself and needing immediate medical attention.
Call 999 if you or someone you know experiences an acute life-threatening medical or mental health emergency.
You can go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety.
You may be close to acting on suicidal thoughts or have seriously harmed yourself.
Find your nearest A&E
Once at A&E, the team will tend to your immediate physical and mental health needs.
Many hospitals now have a liaison psychiatry service, which is designed to bridge the gap between physical and mental healthcare.
The Royal College of Psychiarity website has more information about liaison psychiatry services.
If this service is not available, the A&E team will contact the local on-call mental health services, such as the crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRHTs).
The team in charge of your care will assess you and decide on the best course of care, and whether you can go home or need to be admitted to hospital.