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  • Mental Health Rapid Response Service

    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.

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  • Samaritans (Brighton, Hove and District)

    Samaritans provide confidential emotional support to anyone who is suicidal or despairing, but you can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue, you don’t have to be suicidal. Their website includes a number of videos of people and how they’ve been helped by the Samaritans and gives more information about what you can expect when you call.
    They provide a helpline for immediate support, or you can contact them by e-mail or post, or visit them at your local branch. If you wish to write to them, please use this address (the address shown further down is for the local branch):
    Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA
    Brighton, Hove and District Branch Samaritans also train listeners in Lewes prison to support other prisoners who are in emotional distress, and visit on Monday evenings and Wednesdays to provide support.

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  • Sussex Mental Healthline

    The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment. The service offers immediate support for people experiencing distress.

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  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

    CALM is a charity aiming to prevent male suicide. Offers support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via their telephone helpline and website. Webchat available 5pm ‘til midnight, 7 days a week.

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  • Emergency Duty Service (Social Care)

    Out-of-hours countywide telephone service managed by operators who pass on information to Emergency Duty Service

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  • Maytree A Sanctuary for the Suicidal

    Maytree is a refuge for people in extreme suicidal distress and despair.  Offers a single, free, short stay of up to four nights in a non-medical setting in north London, providing support and befriending to help people get through a crisis. The service runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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  • MindOut Online Chat Service – Out of Hours

    The MindOut online chat service is delivered by and for LGBTQ people who can offer mental health support, advice and information and signposting and referral to other services.  The website details when the chat service will next be open, and you can leave a message if they are closed.

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  • OCD-UK

    OCD-UK aim to empower people to take control over their Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and enable them to live fuller lives. They provide a confidential Advice Line, offering impartial information, advice and support to both adults and children affected by OCD, whether on a personal level, or as a family member, friend or carer, as well as offering plenty of information on the website. They also provide community support discussion forums, which aim to create a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other, moderated by a team of volunteers working to ensure the message boards are a safe and friendly place to go for advice, information and support.

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  • PAPYRUS prevention of young suicide

    PAPYRUS is a national charity which provides help and advice to young people (up to 35 years old) who may be thinking about suicide, as well as to anyone who is worried that a young person may be thinking about suicide. Services include a confidential helpline (HOPELineUK) and useful online resources. You can also text or email for support.

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  • Rape Crisis England & Wales

    National organisation which acts as a voice for female survivors of sexual violence and abuse by providing referrals, support to local groups, advice and information, a newsletter, research into sexual violence, training and campaigning

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