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Support in a Mental Health Crisis

What is a Mental Health Crisis?: A mental health crisis occurs when an individual experiences severe emotional distress or symptoms that significantly impact their ability to function and cope with daily life. This may include thoughts of self-harm or suicide, extreme anxiety or panic, psychotic symptoms, or overwhelming feelings of despair.

Seeking Emergency Support

  • Crisis Hotlines: If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please contact the following hotlines:

    • Samaritans: 116 123 from any phone or email 

    • Mind: 0300 123 3393

    • Shout: Text SHOUT to 85258 24/7 text service

  • Emergency Services: If you are in immediate danger or experiencing a medical emergency, please call 999 or go to the nearest accident and emergency department for assistance.


Coping Strategies

  • Immediate Coping Techniques: Practice grounding exercises, deep breathing, or mindfulness to help manage intense emotions and anxiety in the moment.

  • Safety Planning: Develop a safety plan with trusted individuals outlining steps to take in a crisis, including contacting emergency services or accessing support from mental health professionals.

  • Distraction Techniques: Engage in activities that provide comfort and distraction, such as listening to music, journaling, or spending time in nature.

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