If it is an emergency, dial 999 and ask for an Ambulance
Alternatively you can:
Contact your GP – to search for a GP in your area or to find the contact details for your practice, please see the GP section on NHS Choices
Go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department
Phone the NHS 111 service free of charge from any phone
Phone The Samaritans on 116 123
Call Childline on 0800 1111
The Samaritans can be contacted by phone or email and are there to listen 24/7.
Call 116 123 from any phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Calm run a helpline and webchat to support men who need to talk or find information. It is open 5pm – midnight, every day.
Call 0800 58 58 58 nationwide
or 0800 802 58 58 from London
Or visit www.calmzone.net/help/get-help
The MIX offers free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
visit www.themix.org.uk/get-support to find out more.
(Cruse) – hopeagain.org.uk (for young people)
Cruse.org.uk – Adults
Winstonswish.org.uk – for adults to help children with loss
DRUGS AND MENTAL HEALTH ADVICE
Drugs and mental health are linked in a few ways.
Using drugs or alcohol can be a way to deal with difficult emotions like the pain of mental illness. Mental health problems that affect your judgement or cause risky behaviour could also make you more likely to take drugs.
You could reach a point where you feel unable to cope without the drug and your life revolves around getting more of it, so that it’s in control of you. Addiction is often linked with mental illness.
There’s a risk that drug use could make a mental health condition worse, or make someone more likely to develop mental illness. For example, there’s a link between cannabis use and paranoia, while other drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms can produce psychosis.
Sharing, oversharing and your privacy:
From sandwich pics to soul-searching poetry, we share a lot of our lives online. How much is too much? And what should you say if someone wants information you’re not ready to share?
Some things to remember:
What you put online stays online. Even things you delete can be saved or screenshotted – including those Snapchat snaps meant for just one friendOnline strangers are still strangers. Forums and group chats can be a great way to connect over things you wouldn’t say face to face, but don’t feel pressured to share more than you feel comfortable with.
It’s easy to over-share on social media sites, especially if you forget who can see your profile. You can use Facebook’s Friend settings to create lists so that only people you trust can see all your updates.
Privacy is possible. Make sure you use social media site settings to protect your information. Don’t hesitate to block anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
If you come across content on social media which you find abusive, harmful or upsetting find out how to report it here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Snapchat, YouTube
Where to get help and information
SUICIDAL HELP AND ADVICE
Who to contact if you need urgent support in a crisis
If you feel suicidal or feel like harming yourself or other people:
Go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E). You can search for your local department through the NHS Choices website
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person (under 35) who might be.
You can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (weekdays) 2pm – 10pm (weekends) 2pm – 10pm (bank holiday)
If you would like to know what mental health services are available in your area, the Hub of Hope website offers a postcode search of local services.
Visit their website at https://hubofhope.co.uk/
Maytree is a sanctuary for people in suicidal crisis. Their helpline is open 24hrs a day – if no one answers leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Many of their volunteers have struggled with suicidal feelings themselves and have first hand experience of getting through a suicidal crisis. Their number is 020 7263 7070 or you can email them at email@example.com
The Silver Line– for older people
Call 0800 4 70 80 90
0300 5000 927 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4pm, not including bank holidays
Youth Talk – www.youthtalk.org.uk
Kooth – www.kooth.com
Samaritans – 111 123
Mental Health Helpline – 01438 843322
Relate for children and young people – 0300 100 1234
Breathe with me – www.breathewithme.co.uk
Health for teens – www.healthforteens.co.uk
MoodTrack – diary mood tracker where you can interact with other people
MindShift – (website too – www.mindshift.co.uk)