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. Find out how a G.P. can offer support for mental health problems.

      • 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 anytime;

Call 116 123 (free of charge from Ireland)

Email jo@samaritans.org

Text 087 260 9090 (standard network fees apply)

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.

When someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm

When someone tells you they are thinking of taking their own life, it is frightening. There are practical things you can do right away...

  • Remove access
    Remove access to any means of suicide or self harm– such as medicines, a rope, etc.

  • Contact 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.

  • Stay with them
    Stay with them while you’re making contact with the services listed above. Do not leave them on their own.

  • Go with them to get help
    Once you have contacted the services, go with them to their appointment. Find out more about accompanying someone to the health services.

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