Crisis Services

If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis, do talk to somebody about how you are feeling. Talk to somebody that you trust or contact your GP or one of the services listed below.

Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) 0300 304 0078

The Mental Health Rapid Response Service [MHRRS] is a rapid assessment service for patients suffering from mental health problems who are at risk and may not be able to keep themselves safe, or are considering attending A+E for help with their mental health. MHRRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and health professionals, carers or patients can ring for advice. The service assesses patients, and refers them on for further support from other mental health teams where necessary. From 9am-5pm Monday to Friday patients who are already under the care of the Assessment and Treatment Service should ring their care coordinator if they need urgent support.  GP services can also assess people with mental health difficulties, and can refer for further support where it is needed.

The Samaritans: 116 123

This number is free from both landlines and mobiles. If you prefer, you can contact Samaritans local branch number on: 01273 772277 – you will be charged at a local number rate.

24 Hour Confidential emotional support for anyone in a crisis. Can also email, text 07725 909090 or drop-in 10 am – 10 pm at Dubarry House, Newtown Road (near Hove Park Villas) Hove, BN3 6AE.

Sussex Mental Healthline 0300 5000 101

Helpline for anyone in Sussex with a concern related to mental health staffed by trained mental health workers. Open 5pm – 9 am Monday to Friday and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays.

Suicide Safer Brighton & Hove – Pocket Resource

saferA resource containing information and contact details of organisations to help support anyone feeling suicidal as well as looking at keeping yourself safe. Download a copy here »

C.A.L.M Helpline

National Helpline aimed at men in crisis open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. 0800 585858. Website

Access Point: Emergency Duty Service

Service provided by Brighton and Hove City Council Social Services for emergencies outside office hours.Helpline 01273 295555

Rethink Survivors of Suicide

One-to-one, group and telephone support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts, have recently attempted suicide, a family member or friend of someone going through this or someone bereaved by suicide. Contact on 01273 70 90 60 or email:

More information can be found on their website

The Maytree Sanctuary

A refuge for people in extreme suicidal distress offering a short stay in residential accommodation. 020 72637070

Online Self-Help

Suicide: Read this first – Conversations and writing for people considering suicide. National Mind booklets How to Cope with Suicidal feelings and Suicide – Supporting someone else