Need Help Urgently?

While the cognitive analytic therapy approach has been adapted for use in some urgent care settings, it is not designed to help you if you are in an acute crisis or needing urgent mental health support.

If you are in need of urgent help,  are at risk of harming yourself or want to end your life, then seek urgent support through your local emergency services.

For life-threatening health emergencies throughout the UK you can call 999.

For medical and mental health crises, call 111, or visit

If you need support in a language other than English, the 111 service will arrange for an interpreter.

If you are deaf and need a BSL interpreter, there is also a dedicated service to support you.  For full details including links for each nation if you need a BSL interpreter, go to

For England:

The link below will take you to an NHS England page which will tell you your local NHS urgent mental health helpline :

The next link takes you to an NHS England page which tells you more about options for urgent or crisis care for mental health:

For Northern Ireland:

If you are in Northern Ireland, click on the link below for information on urgent mental health care.

For Scotland:

In Scotland the single NHS crisis out-of-hours hours service is NHS24 111 accessed by dialling 111.  The service covers all health crises. Anyone with a mental health crisis will be put through to the NHS24 Mental Health Hub staffed by trained MH professionals who will assess and coordinate the appropriate interventions.

You can also visit

There is a dedicated Breathing Space service for anyone in Scotland who is over 16 and feeling low, anxious or depressed.  You can phone the service free on 0800 83 85 87, Monday to Friday: 6pm to 2am and 24 hours at weekends. For more information visit

For Wales:

The C.A.L.L. service is a mental health helpline for Wales and offers support and signposting to callers in both Welsh and English languages.  It is available 24 hours a day, every day.

Call them on 0800 132 737 or text 81066

Their website is at

Other resources

Other helplines and resources which may be helpful in a crisis, include

The Samaritans – Tel 116 123 – email

Staying Safe From Suicidal Thoughts

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