Call 999 or 112 if you or someone you know is about to harm themselves or someone else.
Mental health crisis
A mental health crisis often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation.
In a crisis, it is important that you get help as soon as possible.
- feel great emotional distress or anxiety
- feel you can’t cope with day-to-day life or work
- think about suicide or self-harm
- experience hallucinations and hearing voices.
A crisis can also be the result of an underlying medical condition.
For example, confusion or delusions caused by:
- an infection
- an overdose
- illicit drugs
- intoxication with alcohol.
Confusion may be a symptom of dementia.
Where to get help
GP and health centres
A GP can offer support for anyone in crisis. If possible, ask someone to come along with you.
Find a service near you:
Hospital emergency services
Go to or call the emergency department of your local general hospital.
Telephone emergency services
HSE mental health services
If you are being supported by a mental health team, or have been in the past, contact the service for support in a crisis.
The Samaritans telephone service is available 24 hours a day.
For confidential, non-judgmental support:
- Freephone 116 123
- Text 087 2 60 90 90 - standard message rates apply
- Email email@example.com
- Visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch