Urgent help

Are you, or someone you know, in crisis?

In a crisis (when someone might harm themselves, harm someone else, or is vulnerable to suicide) it is important to get help as quickly as you can for yourself or the person you are concerned about.

You can get professional help through:

  • A G.P.
    Find a local family doctor (G.P.) or health centre by visiting the HSE.ie online service finder. If it's late in the evening, night time or the weekend, contact a G.P. out of hours service. G.P.s are also listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages.

  • Hospital emergency services
    Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the HSE.ie 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 please free call 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland or 08457 90 90 90 in Northern Ireland, email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch.

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.

Go to YourMentalHealth.ie to search for supports in your local area, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.