The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dealing with a Mental Health Crisis or Emergency

You may find that the added stress of the current situation could have a big impact on your mental health. In some cases, you may feel that you are having a mental health crisis as you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation.

You may: feel great emotional distress or anxiety, feel that you cannot cope with day-to-day life or work, think about self-harm or even suicide, or experience or hear voices (hallucinations).

If this sort of situation happens, you should get immediate expert assessment and advice to identify the best course of action:

  • If you have already been given a Crisis Line number from a health professional, please call it. Crisis Support and Mental Health Helplines can also be found on our page under External Support.
  • If you’re under the care of a mental health team and have a specific care plan that states who to contact when you need urgent care, follow this plan.
  • Mind also provides information about how to plan for a crisis
  • You can contact NHS 111 if you need urgent care but it’s not life threatening.

In in a medical emergency call 999 if you are seriously ill or injured and your life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency.

See further advice from the NHS on dealing with a mental health crisis.