In a crisis, it is important that you get help as soon as possible. Call 999 or 112 if you, or someone your are worried about, feels like they might harm themselves or others, or if you feel at risk of harm from someone else.

Being in crisis means you might

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.

Where to get help

Emergency Department

Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the 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.

Listening service

Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For confidential, non-judgemental support;

Free Call116 123 in the Republic of Ireland or UK for details of the nearest branch.


Freephone1800 66 66 66
Free text – text the word Talk to 50101

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)

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.