Safety planning

If your distress levels are considerable and you feel uncontained and/or unable to guarantee your safety, then please contact one of the following services for more-immediate support.   The following list is by no-means exhaustive although provides the contact details for some of the main services that provide support in this area.

Your GP practice:
In the first instance, your GP should be your first port of call as they represent your primary point of contact in terms of accessing a wider support network of services.  Please request an urgent medical review in the first instance, at your GPs earliest convenience.

Consider calling the NHS 111 Support line
It is the best number to call in the event you need advice or medical assistance quickly which cannot wait for a scheduled appointment with your GP.

Attend your local A&E department –
If you are experiencing high levels of distress at night, over a weekend, or a bank holiday then please consider attending your local emergency department for crisis support.

Sussex Police –
If you feel unable to guarantee your immediate safety & require urgent assistance – please dial 999.

#StayAlive – Suicide Prevention App – FREE to download on iOS and Android. A suicide prevention pocket resource for anyone living in the UK. This App provides support both for those directly experiencing suicidal thoughts as well as offering support to anyone who holds a concern for the welfare of another person.  The additional benefit of this App is that it can be personalised by the user to include their own personal safety plan and list resources, most relevant to them.
For iOS click here
For Andriod click here

Samaritans – Tel: 116 123
They provide emotional support to anyone in crisis at any time. Calls to their number are free, from any phone.

Sussex Mental Healthline – TEL:0300 5000 101
They offer emotional support to anyone in the Sussex area, albeit with some variation to their opening hours depending upon where in Sussex you are calling from. Their availability is as follows:

East Sussex; and Brighton & Hove = Mon – Fri 5pm to 9am; 24 hours at weekends & B/Hs
West Sussex = 24 hours, seven days a week.

Papyrus – 0800 068 4141
This charity is dedicated to the prevention of suicide in young people under the age of 35.  Their website details further information in relation to help and advice, training dates, events and news and campaigns.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) helpline – 0800 58 58 58
This service offers confidential anonymous support specifically for men who feel they have hit a wall for any reason, and need to talk, or to access information and support.  Support is offered via both telephone line – open from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year – and via webchat.  Further information can be found on their website

Saneline – Tel 0300 304 7000 (Open 365 days per year; from 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
They provide a national out-of-hours helpline to support to anyone effected by mental illness including family, friends and carers.

Social Services:
If you have concerns for a vulnerable adult or child, I would always recommend visiting your council’s website, (usually appearing as a …… web address) for specific information on their Safeguarding Policy, along-with details regarding how to raise a concern.