The main symptoms of a mental health crisis can include the following:

  • Thinking about suicide or acting on suicidal thoughts
  • Having an episode of psychosis (where you might experience or believe things that others do not)
  • Doing something that could put yourself or other people at risk.

If you or someone you know if experiencing a mental health crisis seek help as soon as possible. You have several options:

During working hours

  1. Your GP surgery

Any time

  1. Accident and emergency (A&E)
  2. Emergency services (999) – contact 999 if you or a person you know is at risk of harming themselves or others, or if there is a risk of physical violence or aggression. They may send a crisis team and/or an ambulance. If the ambulance service is sent, then the police may also be sent along with them.
  3. Samaritans – Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair
Call 0300 304 7000 between 6pm and 11pm each evening (call costs may apply)

Not sure if it is a crisis or who to contact ?

You can call NHS 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.

Call 111 if:

  • You don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • You need health information or reassurance about what to do next