Sources of Support in a Crisis
The McPin Foundation does not provide support services to people with mental health problems. We are a research organisation. But we know people who do and have compiled a list below which we hope will be useful to you.
If you are feeling unwell and urgently require help and support you should contact your local NHS services.
If you require urgent support you should dial 999 or visit your closest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. You can find your closest department here.
If you are worried but unsure if you need urgent support, ring the NHS non-emergency number on 111 to get advice on how to get help. Calls are free and it is always open.
You can visit your GP to talk about your mental health problems and they may refer you to specialist services if they think it will help you. You can find a list of local mental health services on the NHS Choices website.
If you would like to talk to someone about how you are feeling in confidence there are a few organisations that provide helplines.
For people who would like to talk through their concerns, worries and troubles in confidence. Talk to mentors or chat online. The Samaritans are always open.
Telephone: 116 123 (free to call from within the UK)
CALM, the campaign against living miserably aims to prevent male suicide in the UK and offers anonymous and confidential listening as well as information and advice on where you can get help.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (lines are open every day 5pm to midnight)
Lots of organisations provide information online or over the phone to answer questions about mental health
Mind offer information on different topics including types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and advocacy.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)
Mind also runs Elefriends, a free online community where you can get support from other people who have been in similar situations.
Rethink Mental Illness
The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers advice on topics such as medication, care and treatment, benefits, debt and the Mental Health Act.
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (Lines are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm)
National charity that specialises in young people’s mental health. Has a range of information about common mental health problems and how to keep yourself well on their website. They also offer a confidential helpline for parents who are concerned about their child.
Telephone: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm)