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  • Life at Risk (yours or others) 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E if you can

  • Crisis Response Service (Mental Health) 111 (0845 46 47 for Wales)

  • Samaritans 116 123 or

  • Shout Crisis Text Line text 'SHOUT' to 85258 or 'YM' for under 19





  • Find your Local NHS Urgent Mental Health Helpline

  • Find a Helpline with Helpline Directory which lists approved members of Helpline Partnership providing support via various channels

  • Citizen's Advice Find your local CA for specific resources

  • Rape: Rape Crisis

  • Elderly Abuse: Hourglass 0808 808 8141 text 078 6005 2906

  • National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 0300

  • Mind Infoline 0300 123 3393 Infoline Helplines

  • Legal: Mind Legal Line 0300 466 6463 

  • Legal: Rights of Women

  • Legal: FLOWS (Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors)

  • Befrienders Worldwide select country for contact number

  • Grassroots Suicide Prevention StayAlive App or

  • Find a Recovery College which offer courses about mental health and recovery in a supportive environment



Steps to Getting Support

  • Short term or long term... it all needs a first step before anything else. Where do you start? What is best?

  • If you are in crisis - reach out immediately to the contacts provided above. 

  • If you struggle with suicidal thoughts or are supporting someone else, it may help to make a safety plan to use if you need it (further information at the bottom of this page)

  • Make an appointment with your GP to either rule out any physiological sources that could be causing symptoms, to tap into any mental health resources they may have to offer, or to be referred onward if need be

  • If you have private health insurance (personal or through your work) - check to see if they have preferred or immediate resources available to you

  • Check whether you are enrolled in an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) which could provide a limited number of free therapy sessions in a shorter time frame which could bridge the gap while you wait for referrals

  • Reach out in the community for group meetings that you may feel comfortable joining for social interaction and peer support

  • Find social media groups that you may feel comfortable joining for advice and support in your situation. Do this with care and step away if it becomes too chaotic or manic

Making a Safety Plan

  • If you struggle with suicidal thoughts or are supporting someone else, it may help to make a safety plan to use if you need it:

  • the Staying Safe website provides information on how to make a safety plan, including video tutorials and online templates to guide you through the process

  • the mental health charity Mind also provides information on planning for a mental health crisis


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