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Get urgent help for a mental health issue

Suicide risk

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.

You may:

  • 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.

Read about the symptoms 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

You can contact emergency services on 999 or 112.

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:


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)

Related topics

Supporting someone who might be suicidal

What to do if someone is attempting suicide

page last reviewed: 23/08/2018
next review due: 23/08/2021

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