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.
  • 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 drop-in style café is staffed by mental health nurses and mental health practitioners who provide support and expert advice to adults in crisis and their carers. The drop-in centre is open evenings and weekends from 6.00pm - 11.00pm. It is a safe, calm and friendly environment for people and carers in need of emotional and mental support - no appointment is needed.

In addition, they are also now offering a virtual service during the same hours. To access the virtual service, go to www.sabp.nhs.uk/safehaven and scroll down to ‘Virtual Safe Havens’