A crisis is any situation where you feel you might need help urgently.

This could be:

  • You are seriously injured or hurt

  • You feel suicidal

  • You are thinking of harming yourself or others

For urgent medical help:

  • Go to any hospital A&E department and ask for help

  • Call 999 and ask for an emergency service

For urgent mental health support contact:

  • The Mental Health Rapid Response Service, they offer immediate support: 0300 304 0078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week including bank holidays)

IMPORTANT: If you feel a child is at immediate risk of suicide or showing psychotic symptoms please contact the CAMHS Duty Clinician on 0300 304 0061 (between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday). Out of these hours, in a crisis, contact the Sussex Mental Healthline on 0300 500 0101 or if it's an emergency, go to A&E or call 999 for emergency medical attention.​


If you need medical help and it's not an emergency contact:

  • Your doctor (GP)

  • NHS 111 for advice

If you are in need of emotional support you can call:

  • Samaritans 116 123 (free number) or 01273 772277 Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • Saneline 0300 304 7000, 4.30pm-10.30pm daily

  • Sussex Mental Health Line 0300 5000 101, 5pm-9am on week nights, 24 hours a day on weekends and Bank Holidays.

  • MIND Brighton and Hove - 01273 66 69 50, they are open weekdays 9am - 5pm. 

  • HOPELineUK - 0800 068 41 41/ Text: 07786 209697 They give confidential advice and support to under 35 year olds thinking about suicide, and anyone who is concerned about a young person and suicide. They are open 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays.


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