What kind of crisis are you experiencing?
The support and information you need will depend on what kind of crisis you are experiencing. If you need urgent help, are in distress, or are worried about a friend, follow the links below to get the information you need.
I need urgent help
If you need urgent help, or feel you may be at risk of self-harm or suicide, you need to seek professional help.
• During office hours, you can see your GP. You can find a local GP online by visiting the HSE website
• Outside office hours you may need to contact your local out-of-hours GP service
• Go to the A&E Department of your local hospital or call 999 or 112
What happens when I contact emergency services?
You need to explain clearly to emergency services that you are in a crisis, and if you are at risk of harming yourself or having thoughts of suicide. Emergency staff are highly trained and have experience treating people in crisis, so they will know what to do. The treatment you get will depend on the type of crisis you are experiencing.
Don’t feel embarrassed about asking for help. Picking up the phone and asking for help, especially when you are feeling vulnerable, takes courage. It’s natural to feel nervous, but most people who reach out in a crisis later say they are glad they asked for help. Contacting emergency services can be scary, but emergency staff are professionals; they will treat you with dignity and respect.
I’m experiencing distress
If you are experiencing distress, you can start by talking to someone you trust.
• Talking to someone who will listen calmly, take what you say seriously and support you with care and compassion could help you to feel better and see your difficulties from a new perspective.
• You can get anonymous, confidential support 24 hours a day by calling the Samaritans on 116 123.
• You can also visit your GP during office hours, or if you are already connected with a Mental Health Team or a psychiatrist, you can make an emergency appointment directly with them.
• The Your Mental Health website has information on what to do if you are worried about your mental health, including wellness tips and podcasts, an online wellness workshop and questions to ask your GP..
I’m worried about someone
If you are concerned about someone else, you can help link them in with other services.
• For information on how to support someone in a crisis, visit our ‘Supporting someone in a crisis’ section
• For information on supporting someone in crisis, visit our information pages for parents and for families and carers.
• Check out the Your Mental Health website for tips on what to do if you are worried about someone.