Are you, or someone you know, in crisis?
In a crisis (when someone might harm themselves, harm someone else, or is vulnerable to suicide) it is important to get help as quickly as you can for yourself or the person you are concerned about.
You can get professional help through:
Find a local family doctor (G.P.) or health centre by visiting the HSE.ie online service finder. If it's late in the evening, night time or the weekend, contact a G.P. Out of Hours Service. G.P.s are also listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages. Find out how a G.P. can offer support for mental health problems.
- Hospital emergency services
Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the HSE.ie online service finder. You can also contact the emergency services by calling 999 or 112 if you or someone else has harmed themselves or taken an overdose.
- H.S.E. Mental health services
If you have been (or are currently) supported by a mental health team, go to the Emergency Department or contact the service you are attending and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For confidential, non-judgemental support anytime;
Free call 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland or UK
Text 087 2 60 90 90 (Republic of Ireland, standard message rates apply)
Visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch.
You might need to try a few options before you find appropriate support but don’t give up trying – there is help available. If possible, ask someone to come along with you to the support service you contact.
Reasons to seek help
It can be hard to know when you should get help for a mental health dip or problem. Here are some situations that might lead you to consider getting extra support:
- When you are going through a difficult time, or feeling down, and you have been feeling this way for some time.
- When you’re feeling very stuck and you don't seem to be getting any better. This might mean you are feeling down or sad, or anxious and these feelings are not going away.
- When you feel overwhelmed and can’t think straight.
- When you are low on energy and lack motivation to do the things you normally do.
- When you have racing thoughts, are beginning to avoid people, are having panic attacks, or feel really anxious that something terrible might happen.
- When your friends and family say they have noticed a difference in you and are worried about you.
- When your work, your interests, or your feelings towards your family and friends is affected and you don’t want to engage with the people around you.
- When you just can’t seem to shake off your mental health difficulties despite trying your usual self-help strategies.
- When you find yourself feeling that life is not worth living or that other people would be better off without you.
- When you feel too ashamed or embarrassed to speak to anyone about what is really going on for you.
- When you feel it is too late to get help because it feels as if things have gone too far.
Read about the signs that someone may be suicidal. You can also find information on mental health problems.
If you are worried, reach out to someone
Taking that first step towards getting support can be difficult. Often, people feel afraid or embarrassed. But it can also be the most positive move you can make. If you are worried, don’t ignore it. Talk to someone, get support, or explore the little things that are good for mental health.