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If you need urgent help, we are here to support you and there are other people and organisations out there that can also help.

Emergency services

999

If you or somebody else is at risk due to a mental health crisis, you should ring for the police or an ambulance.

Mind BLMK – Crisis Café

01525 722 225

Our Crisis Café is available for everyone in Bedford, Luton, and Milton Keynes, between 5.00pm – 11.00pm each evening, 365 days a year. For more information about this service visit our Crisis Café website page here

Accident and Emergency hospital department

If you feel suicidal and would like to see a professional urgently, you can visit your local hospital accident and emergency department. There will be a duty psychiatrist available to assess your needs and assist in finding the necessary support.

Non-emergency NHS helpline 

111

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation. Choose Option 2 in Bedfordshire and Luton for NHS Crisis teams & CAMHS.

Mental Health Services (Milton Keynes) Single Point of Access

0800 0234 650

Single Point of Access is a Mental Health Crisis Line which offers emotional support and advice to people who require urgent mental health attention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is open to children and adults of all ages, to people who haven’t previously used mental health services and to carers and family members who might be concerned about someone.24 hr emergency line (MK only). Visit their web page here. 

GP surgery: 

You can contact your GP if you are in distress, there will be an out of hours or emergency number on their answer machine.

Samaritans

116 123

The Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

www.samaritans.org/

National Mind

0300 123 3393

The Mind info Line offers callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Calls from anywhere in the UK are charged at local call. Their website also contains useful factsheets on mental health issues and booklets on specific topics can be purchased from their online shop.

www.mind.org.uk/

Combat Stress

0800 138 1619

If you or your family have served or are currently serving in the UK Armed Forces, you can call the Combat Stress’ 24-hour mental health helplines. 

www.combatstress.org.uk/

Women’s Self Injury Helpline

0808 800 8088

Emotional support, listening & signposting for women affected by self injury.

For women of any age or background affected by self-injury, whether their own or that of a friend or family member.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7pm – 9.30pm. Call us for free, confidential, non-judgemental emotional support around self-injury. 

www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk

Papyrus

08000 68 41 41

Committed to the prevention of young suicide (under 35). Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, weekends/bank

holidays: 2pm-10pm

www.papyrus-uk.org

CALM (Campaign against living miserably)

0800 58 58 58

This helpline is for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find

information and support. webchat: Opening hours: 5pm-midnight

www.thecalmzone.net

Maytree

0207 236 707

Provides Residential space for those in a suicidal crisis.

Maytree is committed to supporting people that are feeling suicidal, and aim to offer as many people who feel they would benefit from a stay the opportunity to do so. However, due to a person’s medical needs or specific life circumstances it is not always possible to do so.

www.maytree.org.uk

Childline

0800 1111 or webchat

24-hour counselling service for children and young people. Opening hours: 24/7

www.childline.org.uk

Saneline

0300 3047000

Out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information (4pm – 10pm)

www.sane.org.uk

Shout

To start a conversation, text the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258

Trained volunteers are there for you 24/7 to listen and support you to get to a calmer and safe place. Shout is a free, confidential, anonymous service for anyone in the UK. It won’t appear on your phone bill.

www.giveusashout.org

Aanchal (Asian Women experiencing domestic abuse)

0800 0124 924

You can call our helpline on  for free and confidential advice and support.
Our helpline staff is able to help you in a number of languages, including English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil, Bengali. We have nearly 40 years of experience in supporting women affected by domestic abuse.

www.aanchal.org.uk

Chums

01525 863924 (enquiry line only) 

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing support for Children, Young People and their families, with other services specifically supporting adults; Babyloss Bereavement Service and Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service.

www.chums.uk.com

 

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