If you are suicidal and in immediate danger:
- Talk to someone who is trained to listen – contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90. They are open 24 hours a day. They also have walk-in centres in some areas, see www.samaritans.org for further details
- If you have a crisis plan that you have prepared, based on previous experience, get that now and contact the people who support you
- If you are open to mental health services, phone your care co-ordinator or key worker. Outside office hours, call the local Out of Hours Service.
If you have taken an overdose or seriously harmed yourself:
- Call 999. The call is free. You can ask to stay on the line while you wait for help to arrive
- Alternatively you can go to the nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department at your local hospital
If someone you know is in immediate danger:
- If the person you know is open to mental health services, contact that team
- Alternatively, you can contact social services and ask for the person to be assessed under the Mental Health Act. Please be aware that this could lead to the person being sectioned in hospital and treated without their consent
- Contact NHS direct on 0845 4647 to get out of office numbers for their local area social and mental health services
- If you can’t get through to any of the above, call 999.
If none of the above describe your situation, other forms of help might be more appropriate.
Alternatively, you may wish to contact the staff at Andover Mind for advice and information either via this website or by ringing 0300 5000 907 during office hours.