Crisis Support


If you are, or someone you know is...

  • seriously injured or hurt
  • feeling suicidal
  • thinking of harming yourself or others

It may feel very hard to reach out, but you are not alone and help is available.


If you are seriously injured or at immediate risk of harm: 

  • You can go to any hospital A&E department and ask for help, or
  • Call 999 and ask for an emergency service, and someone will help you.


If you need medical help, but it’s not an emergency:

  • You can contact your local GP and make an appointment, or
  • You can call NHS 111 or go to NHS 111 online for advice.
  • If you would prefer confidential support via text, you can do so by texting Shout for free on 85258, any time or day. 


Other ways to access urgent support in Sussex (including Brighton & Hove):

Sussex Mental Healthline

Offering crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone in Sussex needing urgent mental health support.

Phone: 0300 5000 101



Speak to a Samaritan for free, confidential support 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call their free helpline, send an email, write a letter, or use their self-help app.

Phone: 116 123




Confidential suicide prevention advice if you, or another young person under 35, is thinking about suicide. Includes support for families, parents, carers, partners, and concerned friends or colleagues, as well as mental health professionals and educational staff.

You can also access information and support for suicide prevention via the Papyrus UK website. Open 9am-midnight 365 days a year (weekends and bank holidays included).

Phone: 0800 068 41 41

Text: 07860 039967




Providing confidential emotional support, guidance, and information to anyone affected by mental health conditions, including families, friends, and carers.

COVID-19 update:

While the previous SANEline number cannot operate at this time, you can leave a message on 07984 967 708. Please give your first name and a contact number, and a SANEline professional or senior volunteer will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email, use the SANE Support Forum, or use the Textcare service.



For more advice and information about coping with suicidal thoughts, you can go to or visit the NHS website. You can also download the Stay Alive app at the bottom of this page. 

Remember: you are not alone. Help is out there, and things can get better. 

Stay Alive App

Download Stay Alive, a free suicide prevention App now:

Download at Apple App Store for iOS Download at Google Play Store for Android

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