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
- Your GP surgery
- Accident and emergency (A&E)
- 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.
- Samaritans – Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair
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