Crisis Information

I am in crisis and I need urgent help.

If you feel that you might cause harm to yourself or others, seek help immediately.

  • Go to any Accident & Emergency (A&E) department.
  • Call 999 and ask for an ambulance to take you to A&E.
  • Ask someone else to call 999 for you or take you to A&E.

If you need urgent support but do not want to go to A&E, you could:

Call Samaritans on their free phone number 116 123 anytime day or night. They are always ready to listen.

  • Contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment.
  • Contact NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct 0845 46 47 (Wales).
  • Contact your local crisis team (CRHT), if you are under their care.
  • If you know somebody in need of help, see our page on how to help somebody in need of support, including how to help someone in an emergency.

Are you a young person in crisis?

Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
  • All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
  • Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Useful Contacts

Mind The charity Mind provides information about how to plan for a crisis.

Local services Find local crisis support services near you.