What to do in a Mental Health Emergency

A crisis is any situation where you feel that you need urgent help.

In a crisis, it may feel as though you have not got nowhere to turn. You may be struggling to cope with overwhelming negative thoughts and feelings, you may be having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else, or you may have seriously hurt yourself in some way.

Although reaching out for support may feel like the last thing you want to do, talking to someone about how you are feeling can help you to see beyond these thoughts, feelings or experiences and get you the help that you need to feel better.

If you feel able to, you can speak to a trusted friend or family member, or a medical or mental health professional. Starting the conversation can be hard, but these people want to talk to you and help you to cope.

If you think you may act on suicidal feelings, or you have seriously harmed yourself:

Phone 999 or go to your nearest A&E department.

If you are feeling extremely distressed or having suicidal thoughts:

  • There are a number of helplines you can phone at any time to reach trained volunteers who want to help you to get the support you need. Please find them in the table below.
  • You can read about coping with suicidal feelings here.
  • Speak to a friend or family member, a medical or mental health professional.
  • If you need help, but it is not an emergency, you can make an appointment with your doctor or a mental health professional
What to do Contact Information 
Call Ambulance/Police if the risks are deemed to be immediate  999
Attend to your nearest A & E  
Call Suicide Prevention 2382 0000
Call Samaritan 2896 0000
Contact your family doctor