What is a 'crisis'?
This can mean different things to different people but can include:
• suicidal thoughts
• having an episode of psychosis (where you might experience or believe things that others do not), or
• doing something that could put yourself or other people at risk.
You may know better than most when you or your relative/friend is having a crisis or notice some early warning signs. It is good to try and
get professional help at this stage to prevent the crisis developing further either through your GP, NHS 111, or your local Mental Health Crisis Team (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week).
Phone lines available include:
• Samaritans - available to everyone 24 hours a day, 365 days of a year. Call free from any phone on 116 123. Or just click here to visit their website.
• SANEline - available to those 16 years of age and upwards from 4.30 pm - 10.30 pm, 365 days of the years. Call 0300 5000 101. Or just click here to visit their website.
• Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - available for men from 5.00 pm - midnight every day. Call 0800 58 58 58. Or just click here to visit their website.
• Childline - available to those under 19 years of age. Call 0800 11 11.
• The Silver Line - available to older people. Call 0800 4 70 80 90.
For more general information:
• Mind - has general information on mental health; from types of mental health issues to drugs and treatment, your legal rights and living with someone with a mental health issue. Just click here to visit their website.
• Sane - one of the UK's leading mental health charities offers a range of support including phone support. Just click here to visit their website.
• Rethink Mental Illness - provides support, information, research and more on the topic of mental health. Just click here to visit their website.
• Mental Health Foundation - from research and political lobbying for mental health to practical self-help booklets to support mental well being. Just click here to visit their website.