We know that your experience and perception of a mental health crisis is as unique and individual as you. What for you may feel manageable may for another feel completely devastating or overpowering.
A mental health crisis may take a number of forms including, but not limited to, anxiety or panic attacks, psychotic experiences such as hallucinations, feelings of paranoia, relapse of a serious mental illness or thoughts of suicide or acts of self-harm.
24/7 Mental Health Helpline
The Somerset Mental Health Alliance, working in partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Somerset NHS CAMHS and Young Somerset, has launched the first 24-hour mental health telephone support line in Somerset to help people who are experiencing mental distress.
Expanding on the existing successful Somerset Mindline service, the round-the-clock helpline will make it quicker and easier for people in Somerset to get the right advice they need for their mental health. Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages who need urgent mental health support.
Partner mental health and emotional well-being organisations in the Somerset Mental Health Alliance have also stepped up additional services that Mindline can direct people to, depending on their needs and circumstances. This will help people in the county to access additional support more easily if they are struggling with their mental health.
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
- If you are concerned about how you are feeling, please contact Somerset Mindline – 01823 276 892
- The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages
- The helpline is the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you.
- You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance
NHS support for people in crisis
Somerset NHS provides a range of services across the county to support people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Home Treatment Teams
These services are provided in Somerset if you are experiencing a serious mental health crisis and need intensive, daily support, without which you would be likely to be admitted to a mental health ward for help. You can be referred by your GP, or you can refer yourself. The home treatment teams run a 24 hour service.
Telephone: 01823 368398
Telephone: 01278 720292
Telephone: 01935 411605
The Bridge Priory Health Park
Telephone: 01749 836722
Help from the council
Somerset County Council Emergency Duty Team (EDT)
Somerset County Council runs an out of hours service (available from 17.30 – 08.30) if you have an emergency or are in an urgently distressing situation. The team covers mental health crisis, concerns about children and young people, emergency housing advice and safeguarding concerns about children or vulnerable adults.
For adults, telephone: 01823 368 244
For children, telephone: 0300 123 2327
You can call out of hours, including weekends and bank holidays.
Crisis drop in sessions
Mindline Front Room – Daytime and Evening Crisis Drop-in to prevent a crisis
This service is to help you falling into a crisis. If you wish to use this service you are advised to ring ahead if possible. Mind in Somerset provide one-off support rather than regular appointments. You will usually attend for up to 2 hours and a typical appointment is less than 1.5 hours.
Monday – Friday: 9am – 10:30pm
Weekend: 8 – 10:30pm.
Tel: 01823 334906.
Address: Sussex Lodge, 44 Station Rd, Taunton Somerset TA1 1NS
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm.
Tel: 01935 474875.
Address: Yeovil Small Business Centre, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil BA22 8WA
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
Address: Town Hall, High St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3AS
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
Contact details: 07395 259304. Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Service users will usually attend for up to 2 hours with a typical appointment being less than 1.5 hours. This service is not a crisis café.
Volunteer and charity phone line support (listed alphabetically)
Childline – for under 19s
If you are under 19 years old, ChildLine is a private and confidential service that can help you with any issue you’re going through, whatever it is.
Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to them by:
CALM – for men
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the CALM offers advice and support information on a range of topics including, types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393. Lines are open from 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday (not bank holidays).
Mind Infoline – for all
Mind Infoline provides an information service so will tell you where best to get help. You can contact them by:
Telephone.: 0300 123 3393
They’re open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Nightline – for students
If you are a student needing help in a mental health crisis Nightline is a listening, emotional support, information and supplies service, run by students for you. It’s anonymous and confidential.
Find your local service by visiting the website: https://www.nightline.ac.uk/
Papyrus HOPEline – for under 35s
If you are under 35 and worried about how you are feeling or if you are worried about a young person, you can use this telephone service to speak to trained professionals.
You can contact them by:
Telephone: 0800 068 4141
Monday – Friday 10am – 10pm, weekends 2pm – 10pm, bank holidays 2pm – 5pm
Text: 07786 209697
Samaritans – for everyone
The Samaritans are a national and confidential service to help you to explore your options, understand your problems better, or just have someone to listen.
Telephone: 116 123
24 hours a day 7 days a week
SANE – for all
A national service if you are affected by mental health problems, the SANE service could help you, and your family, friends and carers. SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000
Lines open 4.30pm – 10.30pm, 7 days a week)
Switchboard – for LGBT+ communities across the UK
If you identify as LGBT+ this service offers help you with whatever you want to talk about. It is staffed by volunteer who self-identify as LGBT+
Telephone: 0300 330 0630
Lines open 10am – 11pm, 7 days a week