Mental health emergency - if you're in crisis or despair
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re in crisis or despair, it's important to get help quickly. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is sometimes the first step to recovery.
Your care plan
If you have a care plan, there are names and numbers to contact in an emergency. If you were or are being treated for a mental illness, you should have a care plan.
Where to go for help
If you don't have a care plan, or can't find it, you could:
call the NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct (Wales)
make an emergency appointment with your doctor, or call your doctor's surgery out-of-hours service if the emergency is at night or the weekend
call your mental health worker if you have one
go to the accident and emergency department at your local hospital
Mental health crisis team
All trust areas have a mental health crisis team with psychiatric nurses, social workers and support workers. They:
carry out mental health assessments
provide support and short-term help until another team is available or the help is no longer needed
You can ask your GP or the GP out of hours service about the mental health crisis team for your area.
The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
They are highly skilled and work to the highest levels of confidentiality.
They will talk about anything that you are finding distressing You don’t have to be suicidal.
The Samaritans offer a 24-hour telephone helpline, as well as an e-mail and txt service:
telephone: 116 123
You can also contact them at their local branch, using this link:
"Thank you for believing in me, when I couldn't"
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