'Help I'm in crisis'

How do I get help in a crisis? 

If you are upset and having thoughts and urges about hurting yourself, or ending your life then stop, take a deep breath and read this page. 

A crisis is any situation in which you feel you need urgent help. For example, you might feel in crisis if:

  • You are having suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • You are having thoughts about harming yourself
  • You have seriously hurt yourself
  • You have taken more than the recommended amount of tablets (an overdose)

youngminds-logo (1).pngThe table below gives some general information on how you can get help in a crisis:

What's happening Ways you can get help
You think you may act on suicidal feelings, or you have seriously harmed yourself
  • In a mental health emergency you can contact your local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) crisis and liaison team. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • If you live in York and North Yorkshire, call 0800 0516 171. If you live in the Craven locality of North Yorkshire, call 0800 952 1181 instead. 
  • If you live in Hull and the East Riding, call 01482 301701 (and press option 2) or alternatively call 01482 259400.
  • If you live in North Lincolnshire, call the North Lincolnshire Access Team on 0800 015 0211
  • If you live in North East Lincolnshire, call the single point of access on 01472 256256 and press option 3 for mental health.
  • You should still call 999 if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance. 
You are feeling extremely distressed, or are experiencing suicidal feelings
You need medical help or advice fast, but it's not an emergency
  • You can contact your GP or your nearest pharmacy for advice and to make an appointment 

Let someone know you do not feel safe or are struggling (a parent/carer or professional helpline).


  1. There are people who will listen, help and support you through this; it’s ok to ask for help.
  2. Just like stormy weather, strong feelings and urges will pass; it will not always feel this bad.
  3. Thoughts are just thoughts, we do not have to follow them. There are many other ways of managing other than harming yourself.

Page last updated on: 12th April 2023