What help could I get in a crisis?
What is a mental health crisis?
A mental health crisis is when you feel your mental health is at breaking point, and you need urgent help and support.
For example, you might have feelings or experiences that feel very painful or difficult to manage such as suicidal feelings, self-harm, panic attacks, flashbacks, hypomania or mania, or psychosis (such as paranoia or hearing voices). You might also have other experiences that aren’t mentioned here.
Some people feel in crisis as part of ongoing mental health problems, or due to stressful and difficult life experiences such as abuse, bereavement, addiction, money problems or housing problems. Or there might not be a particular reason.
However you experience a crisis, it’s always OK to ask for help.
What help could I get?
Nobody plans to have a crisis, but knowing your options can be useful. Exploring different types of support might be something you feel able to do at less difficult times.
There’s no wrong order to try things in – different things work for different people at different times. But some types of support might be more suitable for you, or more easily available.