A mental health crisis is where a person has a rapid deterioration in their mental health. You may feel you are no longer able to cope or be in control of your situation. You may have feelings of harming yourself or even contemplating ending your life. You could also experience hallucinations and hearing voices that are not there.
If you are in a crisis you need to seek help immediately. Our therapy services are not suitable for use in a severe mental health crisis.
If you have a preexisting mental health condition and are under a psychiatric team you may already have a Crisis Care Plan - If you have one check the details of who you can contact to support you in a crisis.
Occasionally you may feel an urge to harm yourself as a way of dealing with intense feelings. If you are contemplating harming yourself you can:
Have you harmed yourself ?
If you feel you are in immediate danger:
If there is not an imminent risk to yourself but you are having suicidal thoughts you can:
Occasionally people can experience scary thoughts about harming other people. Whilst these thoughts are frightening, remember you do not have to act on them. If you have had thoughts like this before, try and remember what helped you last time that stopped you acting on them. If you feel you are at imminent risk of harming someone:
If it is not an emergency you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or contact your local Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team if you have one. More information on this can be found here on the Mind website.
Emotions can occasionally take over our lives. If you are feeling overwhelmed by anything or finding it hard to make sense of the thoughts you are having or if someone around you is concerned by your thoughts or actions you can speak to someone you trust or you can: