What can I do in crisis?

If you start to feel very unwell, or if an episode of depression or mania is lasting for a long time and your regular treatment isn’t working, you might find you need to access emergency support. For example, this could be:

  • Going to A&E. If you’re worried you may seriously harm yourself you can go to A&E, or call 999 for an ambulance if you’re not able to get there on your own.
  • Calling the Samaritans. If you’re feeling distressed or suicidal and need to talk to someone right away, they’re there 24 hours a day to listen (see ‘Useful contacts’).
  • Hospital admission. You can choose to go into hospital as an informal patient. However, if you are very unwell and health professionals have concerns about your safety, it’s possible that you could be forced to go to hospital.

Planning ahead

When you’re in the middle of a crisis it can be difficult to let others know what kind of help you want. So it can be useful to make a plan for how you want to be treated, while you are well.

For example, you might want to make an advance statement, or if you have a crisis team, create a crisis plan with them. Planning ahead for a crisis can also reduce the likelihood that you may need to be sectioned, as those around you will know better how to handle an emergency.

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