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Urgent support

If you are having thoughts of suicide, are harming yourself or have thought about self-harm, it's important to tell someone.

These thoughts and feelings can be complex, frightening and confusing, but you do not have to struggle alone.

If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, contact one of the organisations below to get support right away. Or see further NHS advice on dealing with a mental health crisis or emergency.

It's important to know that support is available, even if services seem busy at the moment because of coronavirus.

Get urgent support

Free 24-hour listening support

Samaritans

When life is tough, Samaritans are here to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:

Shout 85258

Shout 85258 offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance:

Dial 999

In a life-threatening emergency, phone the emergency services and ask for an ambulance.

When to call 999

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason:

Urgent mental health support

If you have urgent mental health needs, find your local 24/7 mental health crisis line.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

People with hearing problems can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) service.

Crisis support for young people

Papyrus

If you're under 35 and feel that life is not worth living any more, call Papyrus's HopelineUK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends:

Childline

If you're under 19, you can also speak to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill:

Hub of Hope

No matter what you're going through, you should not have to do it alone. The Hub of Hope is a national database that brings together local mental health services.

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When to get help from your GP

It's important to seek help from your GP immediately if you are experiencing the following symptoms for the first time or are not already receiving care from mental health services:

  • hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that are not there (for example, hearing voices); this can also include feeling, smelling or tasting things that are not there
  • delusions – having strong beliefs that are not shared by others (for example, believing there is a conspiracy against you)

These are symptoms of psychosis and it's important to get treated as soon as possible, as early treatment is more effective.

If you do not require urgent support but are still concerned about your mental health, contacting your GP is a good place to start.

Free NHS psychological therapies services

If you live in England, in most areas you can refer yourself for free, non-urgent NHS psychological therapies services, also known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, which provide evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety.

Services are still open during coronavirus, so do seek professional help if you think you need it.