Useful Links

If you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or don’t feel safe (or concerned for someone else’s safety), the following steps are recommended:

In the UK:

Contact your GP.  If you are already receiving support from mental health services, contact your Community Mental  Health Team.

  1. Go to your nearest A&E and ask to be seen by the duty Psychiatrist, who will be able to assess you and give you the appropriate help.
  2. If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm and you don’t feel safe then phone 999 and ask for the police or ambulance service.

The following phone numbers may also be useful:

  • SANEline – Emotional support line for people in mental distress (Tel: 0845 767 8000)(Opening hours: 6pm-11pm everyday)
  • Samaritans – 24/7 emotional support via helpline as well as an email support service  (Tel: 08457 90 90 90)

If you are outside the UK, the following phone numbers may be useful:

  •  Ireland – (Samaritans) 1850 60 90 90
  • Australia – (Lifeline) 13 11 44; (Suicide Line) 1300 651 251
  • North America – (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 1-800-784-2433/1-800-273-8255
  • South Africa – (Lifeline) 0861 322 322
  • New Zealand – (Crisis Line) 04 494 9169

 Other Useful Links:

  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy – An organisation that sets the standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists and the general public
  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous provides a range of information, advice and face to face sessions to help people cope with drink related problems
  • Narcotics Anonymous – Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem
  • Gamblers Anonymous – Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about problem gambling and to help others do the same
  • Cruse Bereavement Care – Information and advice to anyone who has been affected by a bereavement
  • Relate –  Organisation promoting health, respect and justice in couple and family relationships
  • Mind – National mental health charity providing Information, Advice, Resources and Local Support Services
  • Rethink – Mental Health Information, Services and Local Support
  • Beat – Charity for people with eating disorders and their families
  • London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard – Providing free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK
  • ChildLine – Help and Advice for people under the age of 18, including access to free online counselling and 24/7 helpline