What help is available in a crisis?

Urgent Help

Emergency – If you, or someone you know, need an immediate response call the emergency services on 999.*

Confused/ Distressed - If you are experiencing confusing or distressing thoughts, or if people around you have expressed concern about your well being, arrange an appointment with your GP or call NHS 24 on 111.

If you, or someone you know, are currently being seen by someone from a community mental health team and require urgent attention, please contact the Out of Hours Team by the number you will have been provided with.

Support - If you just need to talk with someone, then the following organisations are here to help:

  • Samaritans - 116 123 (freephone)
  • Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 (freephone)
  • Childline - 0800 1111
  • LGBT Support - 0300 123 2523 - LGBT Scotland Helpline is open every week on a Tuesday and a Wednesday between 12noon - 9pm

*Please note: if you go to an Accident and Emergency Department because of worries about how you are feeling or what you are experiencing, they will be able to assess your difficulties and arrange for you to see a specialist if needed. But Accident & Emergency is a busy and stressful place, and you may have to wait a long time. It can be quicker to phone NHS 24 on 111, as they can arrange for you to get to the right help.

Which organisations will help with suicide prevention?

Other organisations that can support you if you are having suicidal thoughts, have been bereaved by suicide or are concerned about someone include:

A more comprehensive list of organisations which can provide suicide prevention advice is available on the Choose Life 'Resources and News' page.