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If thoughts around suicide are consuming, there are a number of options for keeping safe:
Go to your nearest A&E department at your local hospital
Call 999 and ask for an ambulance - you will be taken to a safe place either by an ambulance or a police vehicle
Get help at home with your local crisis team (read more about how to do this below)
"I want help in my own home”
Your local crisis resolution and home treatment team can support you at your home while you’re having a mental health crisis.
“I am already receiving NHS mental health care”: If you are already being seen by your local NHS services, you should have a crisis plan that tells you who to call when you’re in crisis.
“I am not currently receiving NHS mental health care”: Most crisis teams will only help you if you have been referred to them by a professional. You can ask your GP to refer you to your local crisis resolution and home treatment team. Some crisis teams in the UK will help you without a referral, you will be able to find out whether this is the case where you live by visiting your local NHS trust website.
What is a local crisis team?
Many people find this option preferable to going into A&E or calling 999 as you can stay at home.
A crisis team is made up of lots of different types of mental health professionals all working to support you like a psychiatrist, mental health nurses, social workers and support workers.
Inside your own home, your local crisis team is there to:
Explore and listen to your needs
Help you with managing any risks of being at home
Support you in deciding whether you would benefit from care in a different environment (inpatient, crisis house)
Look at therapeutic strategies you can use to help yourself