Finding emergency support
Updated: Sep 1, 2021
Sometimes we need some immediate support but at present lots of the usual helpline and services are still catching up from the impact of COVID-19.
If you just need to talk, any time of day or night
Free listening services
These services offer confidential support from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:
Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: email@example.com for a reply within 24 hours
Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19
If you're under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.
Coping during a crisis
The mental health charity Mind has information on ways to help yourself cope during a crisis.
This includes calming exercises and a tool to get you through the next few hours.
You can also call the NHS on 111 and get information on local crisis support lines.