In an emergency: dial 999 and ask for the police or ambulance service or someone with suicidal tendencies can visit their local accident and emergency department and ask to see the duty psychiatrist.
In addition you can also contact our adult social care teams or the Community Mental Health Recovery Service directly during office hours. If you need to speak to someone urgently out of normal office hours call our emergency duty team on: 01483 517898.
Please see the NHS website regarding Emergency mental healthcare or contact one of the following for immediate advice and support:
There are also helplines, local support and self-help groups.
If you are worried that someone you know might be depressed or having thoughts of suicide, you should look out for signs of change in their personality and behaviour. The signs to look for include them losing interest in things they used to enjoy, unhappiness, lack of energy, spending a lot of time on their own, or a reluctance to spend time with other people.
If someone confides in you then you should listen carefully. Sometimes just being there and showing that you care enough to listen can help.
If they won't talk to you, perhaps they would talk to a friend, or a relative, or perhaps they would prefer to write down how they feel. Try to persuade them to visit their GP or to get help from one of the telephone help lines with specially trained volunteers who will listen to them, understand what they are going through, and help them through the immediate crisis.
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As well as helping the person you are concerned about understand that these support services are available to them, you could contact these organisations yourself to find out what you can do to encourage the person to seek and accept help:
Mind, the National organisation, provide local support through Woking Mind that is supported by Surrey County Council and there is a Drop-in Centre in Woking that you can attend without needing to be referred, their website is: www.wokingmind.org.uk or the national website and helpline are: www.mind.org.uk and 0845 766 0163.
Samaritans operates a service that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you prefer to write down how you are feeling, or if you are worried you might be overheard talking on the phone, then you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org. They also provide local support through their branches that you can visit. Their main website and telephone number is: www.samaritans.org.uk and 08457 90 90 90.
Sane Helpline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems. The Helpline operates between 6pm to 11pm every day and their telephone number is: 0845 767 8000 and their website is: www.sane.org.uk/helpline
Papyrus offers advice and support for young people, parents and friends.