What to do in a mental health crisis

If your life is at risk right now

If you feel like you might attempt suicide, or may have seriously harmed yourself, you need urgent medical help.

  • call 999 for an ambulance
  • go straight to your nearest A&E, if you can
  • or call your local crisis team, if you have their number

If you can’t do this by yourself, ask someone to help you.

Mental health emergencies are serious. You are not wasting anyone’s time.

If you don’t want to call 999

If you can keep yourself safe for a short while, but you still need urgent advice:

  • contact NHS 111 if you live in England
  • contact NHS 111 or NHS Direct (0845 46 47) if you live in Wales
  • contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment. Some GPs are now offering these remotely.
  • contact your local mental health team. For Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, you can find their details here.

Do you need some urgent coping tools?

MIND has some crisis resources that you can use right away, by yourself, wherever you are. Click here to access these.

If you need to talk right now

Whatever you’re going through, there are people you can talk to any time. You can: