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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch
Messaging support service
A new mental health messaging support service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides in-the-moment anonymous support when you need it most.
This service aims to connect you with a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.
Text YMH to 086 1800 280
(Standard SMS rates may apply)