Suicidal thoughts - Professional help
How can I get professional support?
Emergency services and Accident and Emergency (A&E)
If you feel you will take your own life you should call the emergency services on 999. Ask for an ambulance. Or go to Accident and Emergency (A&E) at your local hospital.
NHS 111 service can help people when it isn’t an emergency. You can call them if you do not have a GP or you do not know who to call. Dial 111 on your phone, it is free. This line is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Your GP might be able to help you get support in a crisis. A GP should be available to speak to you 24 hours a day. If you call your surgery when it’s closed there will be a message to tell you who to call.
Your GP can discuss hospital treatment or refer you to the crisis team. They should do this if you suffer with depression and are a high risk of suicide, self harm or neglect.
Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
If you are under a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) call your CPN or care coordinator. If they are not there, you could talk to whoever is on duty that day.
If you are under a crisis team, call them. The crisis team are sometimes called the home treatment team.
Recovery or crisis house
A recovery house may be able to help if you are in crisis. A recovery house is a place you would stay for a few days. It is not a hospital but will have healthcare professionals there. You can only stay for a short time. Your GP or other healthcare professional has to refer you. There may not be a recovery house in your area. You can check with your crisis team, CMHT or search online to see what is available in your local area.
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