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If you are having suicidal thoughts or extreme mental health difficulties and need to talk to someone now, you can contact our mental health support team by calling 0300 365 1234 (calls charged at local rate) 

If you have urgent concerns about a mental health problem, use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you are unable to get help online.

If you’ve injured yourself, taken an overdose or are worried about your immediate safety, please dial 999 or go to the nearest emergency department. 

Helpful organisations

The following organisations can also provide support if you, or a young person you know, need help in a crisis:

Childline

  • If you are in distress and need support, you can ring Childline for free on 0800 11 11. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Samaritans

  • If you're in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night on Freephone (UK and Republic of Ireland): 116 123
  • www.samaritans.org

PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)

  • Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice contact Papyrus
  • Call: 0800 068 4141, text: 07860 039967 or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
    Opening hours: 10am – 10pm weekdays 2pm – 10pm weekends 2pm – 10pm bank holidays
  • papyrus-uk.org

Don’t want to talk?

Text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
  • All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
  • Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus
  • www.youngminds.org.uk

Support from CAMHS

If you are currently receiving help from CAMHS and things have become very difficult for you, and you need some extra help, you can telephone the CAMHS duty worker during the day Mon-Fri (09.00-17.00). They will be able to talk to you and if it’s helpful, organise some extra support for you, but this may take a little time to arrange.

The number for your duty worker will have been given to you following agreement of your initial treatment plan but if you can’t find it, call us on 0300 365 1234 (calls charged at local rate)

If you’re concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child, please speak to your Local Authority Safeguarding Team:

Other sources of support that you might find helpful include:

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger offer free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. 

- Childline provide support via telephone, email and online. 

- The Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day on 116123.