If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, or is at risk of committing suicide, it’s important to get help quickly.

  • The Crisis Helpline (0300 456 8342) can be used in times of distress. It operates between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 24 hours a day at the weekend and Bank Holidays.
  • The Samaritans offer a free, safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
  • Make an emergency doctor’s appointment.
  • Bereavement support – Cruse Bereavement Support or Suicide Bereavement Support
  • Employment support for those with mental ill health – Richmond Fellowship Employment Support  
  • A variety of talking therapies are available for virtual support (free NHS service to provide help and support for people over 18 years who are experiencing mental health problems like; stress, low mood, anxiety, panic attacks, depression (including pre and post natal), obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress and eating difficulties). Individuals can self refer or speak to their GP
  • Visit A&E. People with suicidal tendencies can visit their local A&E department and ask to see the duty psychiatrist.

If you are already under the care of Community Mental Health Recovery Service (CMHRS) or Community Mental Health Team for Older People (CMHT), you can phone them to discuss your concerns during office hours.

Safe Haven

The Safe Haven café is staffed by mental health nurses and mental health practitioners who provide support and expert advice to adults in crisis and their carers. It is a safe, calm and friendly environment for people and carers in need of emotional and mental support. In addition, they also offer a virtual service during the same hours. To access the virtual service or to find out more, go to www.sabp.nhs.uk/safehaven and scroll down to ‘Virtual Safe Havens’