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If you are in immediate Crisis…

If you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or to someone else or feeling acutely distressed you can:

  • Go to your local A&E department for help

  • Call 999 if you can’t get to your local hospital

  • Call the Samaritans for FREE on 116 123 for their 24/7 hotline or visit

  • Call the Papyrus suicide prevention Hopeline on 0800 068 4141; text: 07860039967 or email (9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays)

If you feel distressed and need some extra support…

There are also the following services available to you if you are not at immediate risk to yourself or someone else but need support:

  • Call 111 to find the right NHS service to help you. Please note that this is not an emergency helpline

  • If you are a young person needing support, you can contact Childline on 0800 1111

  • Sometimes writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them better. You can email for the Samaritans email reply service (response time is 24hrs)

  • Call Sussex Mental Health line on 0300 5000 101 for their 24hr mental health support line or visit their website at

  • If you are not in the UK and need to find local support, visit the Befrienders Worldwide website for a list of local support helplines

  • Call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 4.30pm-10.30pm every day of the year. This is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, carers and friends. [Please note that during the pandemic you can only leave a message on 07984 967708 giving your first name and a contact number and a professional will get back to you.] You can also email them at, and they will respond as soon as possible. Their normal Support Forum and Textcare services are still open, details can be found on their website at

  • Call the Mind helpline on 0300 123 3393 between 9am-6pm Mon-Fri who offer help and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem

  • Call Switchboard LGBT+ helpline on 0300 330 0630 for advice and understanding on any LGBT+ issues. They also have live chat and you can email them at

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