Mental Health

Emergencies Adults (Mental health)

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In an emergency- if you or someone else has seriously injured themselves, taken an overdose or are on the point of doing so

  • Call 999 or
  • Go directly to A&E

Do not use online referral forms for urgent help

If you feel desperate or you need to talk to someone urgently then support is available now. The options are explained by healthy minds, including the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire mental health helpline:

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire mental health helpline: call 111

From Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies
Emergency Help Emergency help – NHS Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies

From Every Mind Matter
NHS website dedicated to mental health
Urgent support Urgent support – Every Mind Matters – NHS

From the NHS
Get urgent help for mental health Get urgent help for mental health – NHS

Emergency national helplines

From the Samaritans

From Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Helpline: Our helpline is for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. (5pm to midnight every day) Get Help – Campaign Against Living Miserably

From Papyrus
Only for adults under the age of 35
“If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.” (9am – midnight every day of the year).   HOPELINK | Papyrus UK | Suicide Prevention Charity

From SANE on Suicide
“SANE on Suicide presents the findings from our suicide prevention research. We talked to people who had attempted suicide, their close family and friends, and people bereaved by suicide. Although suicide sometimes appears to be an impulsive or sudden act, we found that it is usually a process. As such it can be slowed down and stopped.”
Emotional support: SANE offers non-judgmental and compassionate emotional support. We are normally open every day of the year from 4pm to 10pm Emotional support – SANE

From SOS Silence of Suicide
Our phone lines help support vulnerable children and adults. 8pm until Midnight: Monday to Friday, 4pm until Midnight: Saturday & Sunday SOS Silence of Suicide – Mental Health Charity & Helpline | SOS

Text service

From Shout
“Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.” Get help Get help – free, 24/7, confidential mental health text support service | Shout 85258


From Grassroots
“The Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.” Stay Alive App – Grassroots Suicide Prevention

Summary of support and further information

The NHS provides an overview of the support available

From Patient info
Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts | Patient

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