Emergency help

If you feel you can no longer cope or that you’re no longer in control, the following options can help (they can also help if you’re worried about someone else).

If there is an immediate risk of harm, you should ring 999 or visit your local accident and emergency (A&E) department. Click here to find the nearest A&E.

Emergency GP appointments

You can ask your GP for an emergency appointment when you require support for your mental health, but there’s no immediate danger to your safety or the safety of others. If you don’t have a GP, click here to locate your nearest one.

NHS 111 (24/7)

You can dial 111 for advice and support about what to do in a mental health crisis and they will direct you to the most helpful service.

Samaritans (24/7)

Call 116 123 (freephone) if you need to talk to someone urgently about how you are feeling.

You can also email jo@samaritans.org or visit their website.


Papyrus runs a listening service if you’re under 35 and may be having thoughts of suicide.

Call: 08000 684141

Text: 07786 209 697

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Please click here to check opening times.

SANEline (4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Call 0300 304 7000 for emotional support and information if you’re affected by mental illness. This includes if you’re a family member, friend or carer.

Click here to visit their website.

Silver Line (24/7)

Older people can call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free, confidential information, friendship and advice.

Click here to visit their website.

CALM helpline (5pm to midnight every day)

If you’re a man who is down or have hit a wall for any reason, you can ring the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) helpline to talk or find support.

Call: 0800 58 58 58

Click here to visit their website.

Shining a Light on Suicide

This website aims to support anyone who is thinking about suicide or who has been affected by it. Click on these links to see what help is available: