Crisis Services

If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis the best thing is to talk. Speak to somebody you trust or contact a service who can offer you support. If you think that somebody that you know might be suicidal – ask them. 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

MHRRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Mental Health Rapid Response Service [MHRRS] is a rapid assessment service for the people of Brighton & Hove when they feel they are in a mental health crisis and are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others. You can contact the service directly or health professionals and carers can ring for advice. For more information you can go to
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You can contact your GP or call the NHS 111 number who can help you to access specialist mental health telephone or face to face support. If you are known to mental health services and need urgent mental health support you can contact your care co-ordinator.

Sussex Mental Healthline 0800 0309 500 (freephone) / 0300 5000 101

Helpline for anyone in Sussex with a concern related to mental health staffed by trained mental health workers. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week Website

Southdown SWS (Staying Well Space)

Phone:                       0800 023 6475, choose option #3
Opening hours:       5.30pm – 10.30pm Weekdays

                                     3.30pm -10.30pm Weekends
                                     7 days a week, 365 days a year 


The Staying Well Space (SWS) is an out-of-hours mental health crisis prevention service, provided at Preston Park Recovery Centre in Brighton. The Staying Well service provides psychosocial support and crisis prevention planning. This includes proactively contacting clients who have been referred or self-referred to the service to build crisis plans together, increasing resilience and coping skills. Individuals can phone the service directly to self-refer for support when they feel they aren’t able to cope or feel they are headed towards a crisis point.

The Samaritans: 116 123

The Samaritans offer 24 Hour Confidential emotional support for anyone in a crisis. Local branch: 0330 094 5717 (calls cost local rate), National helpline: 116 123 (This number is free from both landlines and mobiles)

You can also email, or drop-in at Dubarry House, Newtown Road (near Hove Park Villas) Hove, BN3 6AE at the following times:
Monday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. / 8 p.m. – 10 p.m
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m
Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m
Friday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m
Saturday 2 p.m. – 10 p.m
Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m

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 0800 585858

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

Adult Social Services: Emergency Duty Service 01273 295555

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

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

National Mind

The National Mind website has lot of helpful information, including How to Cope with Suicidal Feelings and Supporting Someone who feels suicidal