Getting help in an emergency

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

  • go to any hospital A & E (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 the out of hours team
  • call NHS 111 (England)
  • contact your local crisis team
  • Follow this link to Mind and get some practical tools to do right now



Ramsdens Solicitors Leeds

For friendly, legal advice speak to Natalie Marrison who leads the abuse and injury team on 0113 887 6608 quote reference: Panacea

Elefriends A safe, supportive online community where you can listen, be heard and share your experiences with others.

Harmless organisation for people who self-harm, and their friends and families.

The Mix 0808 808 4994 (helpline)
Helpline and online support for people aged 16–25.

National Self Harm Network (NSHN)
Survivor-led closely monitored forum for people who self-harm, and their friends and families.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) 0300 323 0140 guidance on health and social care.

Samaritans 116 123 (freephone 24-hour helpline)

Sane 0300 304 7000

Support and information about mental health problems, including online support.

Self-injury Support

(formerly BCSW – Bristol Crisis Service for Women)

0808 800 8088 (helpline Mon–Fri 7–10pm)
0780 047 2908 (text support)

Information and support for people who self-harm, including a self-harm diary and local support groups for men and women.

YoungMinds 0808 802 5544 (parent helpline)

Information for parents and young people about mental health and wellbeing.