Urgent help: National Office for Suicide Prevention

Are you, or someone you know, in crisis?

A mental health crisis often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation. In a crisis, it is important that you get help as soon as possible.

Where to get help


A GP can offer support for anyone in crisis. If possible, ask someone to come along with you. Find a service near you:

Hospital emergency services

Go to or call the emergency department of your local general hospital.

Telephone Emergency Services

You can contact emergency services on 999 or 112. You should call them if you or someone you know is about to harm themselves or someone else.

HSE Mental Health Services

If you are being supported by a mental health team, or have been in the past, contact the service for support in a crisis.


The Samaritans telephone service is available 24 hours a day. For confidential, non-judgmental support:

Text 50808

A free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis:

  • Text HELLO to 50808, anytime day or night
  • Visit www.text50808.ie for more information

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.