Help in a Crisis
Everyone experiences a crisis in their own way. You might feel that your mental health has been steadily deteriorating for some time, or perhaps something's happened in your life.
But whatever your situation, if you start to feel unable to cope, or to keep yourself safe, it's important to ask for help.
Does someone close to you seem really down? Might they be thinking about suicide? The only way to know is to ask. Read the It's safe to talk about suicide leaflet (PDF, 156KB) for advice.
Mind UK (external link) have useful information about the different crisis services available and advice on what might work for you.
Mind also have advice on ways of planning for a future crisis (external link) so you can be more in control of what happens.
Who to contact
Urgent mental health crisis
If you or someone else has an urgent mental health need, you can get help from the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment service (CRHT) (external link). The CRHT service provides an urgent outreach service within 4 hours, for those at risk of psychiatric hospital admission 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever people are at the point of referral eg GP surgery, A & E, or in their own homes.
- Telephone: 020 8702 6700
Emergency help is also available at Accident and Emergency departments at the North Middlesex (external link) and Whittington (external link) hospitals. Specialist mental health teams are available around the clock, who will see anyone aged over 16 who might be suffering from mental health problems in A&E, or as an inpatient.
If you are concerned about your own mental health or the mental health of someone you care about, you should call NHS 111 or make an appointment with your GP, who can refer you to the right services.
If someone is putting themselves or others in danger now, it’s an emergency and you should call the police on 999. They can arrange an urgent joint assessment with Mental Health services or our Social Workers if it is appropriate.
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