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

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)

Other Useful Links:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous provides a range of information, advice and face to face sessions to help people cope with drink related problems

  • Beat – Charity for people with eating disorders and their families

  • ChildLine – Help and Advice for people under the age of 18, including access to free online counselling and 24/7 helpline

  • Cruse Bereavement Care – Information and advice to anyone who has been affected by a bereavement 

  • 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

  • London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard – Providing free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK

  • Mind – National mental health charity providing Information, Advice, Resources and Local Support Services

  • Narcotics Anonymous – Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem

  • Rethink – Mental Health Information, Services and Local Support

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