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Urgent mental health: support and services

If you’re feeling very low, anxious, worried, lonely, or overwhelmed, there are urgent mental health services available and ready to help.

If you feel like you might harm yourself or attempt suicide, you need to call 999 immediately. You can also go straight to A&E, if you can. If you are already being treated by them, you can contact your local community mental health team (CMHT), if you have their number.

NHS mental health services https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/ NHS local helplines offer 24-hour advice and support in England. You can also find therapy and counselling services plus your local mental health services through the NHS website.

GP appointments You can ask your GP for an emergency appointment. Your GP will probably keep a number of appointments free for urgent crises, and they can make a referral to your local crisis team if necessary.

Mind charity helplines https://www.mind.org.uk/ You can call the Mind helpline on 0300 123 3393 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Shout text services https://giveusashout.org/ You can text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 to confidentially message a trained volunteer for free.

Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/ You can also call 116123 anytime day or night and receive immediate support from a trained mental health support worker.

There’s nothing to be ashamed about needing some extra support. There are support services that are here for you, whenever you need them.