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Emotional health – Getting help


Do you need urgent help?


Most people feel in emotional crisis at some time in their lives. For some this passes quite quickly but for others the feeling lasts for a while. If the feeling is overwhelming or you feel so distressed that you have thoughts of harming yourself or you feel you are at risk of harming others then you need to seek help urgently.

If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help.

  • go to any hospital A&E department (sometimes known as the emergency department)
  • call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you can’t get to A&E
  • ask someone else to contact 999 for you or take you to A&E immediately

If you need some support right now, but don’t want to go to A&E, here are some other options for you to try:

  • contact the Samaritans on freephone 116 123, they’re open 24 hours and are there to listen
  • Contact your GP for an emergency appointment or if your GP surgery is closed call the out of hours team, NHS 111 , on 111


Need help and support?


Not at crisis point but suffering escalating or unmanageable stress, burnout, anxiety or depression

Seek professional help. This can be through your GP, a therapist or a psychiatrist.

They might suggest talking therapies and / or medication.

I have listed organisations and resources that can help here.

There are lots of free CBT resources on-line or in books.

Alternatively, call one of the helplines or attend a local Safe Haven to talk to someone face-to-face.


Worried about someone else?


See Mind’s pages on supporting someone else with suicidal feelings.


Safe havens


These are a safe and friendly places to talk to someone for emotional and mental health support if you (or the person that you are caring for) are experiencing a crisis. They also give you an opportunity to meet others that might be in a similar situation.

  • Guildford Safe Haven at Oakleaf Enterprise, 101 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4UQ. Open daily 6pm-11pm including bank holidays
  • Woking Safe Haven, The Prop, 30 Goldsworth Road, Woking Gu21 6JT. Open 6pm-11pm Monday to Friday and 12.30pm -11pm weekends and bank holidays.

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