If you or a person you care for is experiencing a mental health crisis, or is at risk of hurting themselves or someone else, call 999 or – if safe to do so – go to your nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) service.
Ambulance and A&E services can deal with mental health emergencies as well as physical injuries.
999 services may send a police escort to assist the ambulance crew if you or they think it's necessary to be sure no-one comes to any harm.
If there is not an immediate risk, you can also contact the NHS by phoning 111. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The person answering your call will be able to give you advice and help put you in touch with your local mental health service.
Accident and Emergency (A&E) services
If you need to see a mental health professional immediately you can go to your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) service, where a mental health crisis team or duty psychiatrist may be able to help.
- prescribe emergency medication
- conduct an assessment
- arrange support for you to stay safely at home
- admit you to hospital, if needed