In a crisis, it is important that you get help as soon as possible. Call 999 or 112 if you, or someone your are worried about, feels like they might harm themselves or others, or if you feel at risk of harm from someone else.

Being in crisis means you might

feel great emotional distress or anxiety
feel you can’t cope with day-to-day life or work
think about suicide or self-harm
experience hallucinations and hearing voices
A crisis can also be the result of an underlying medical condition.

Where to get help

Emergency Department

Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the 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;

Free Call116 123 in the Republic of Ireland or UK
Email[email protected] for details of the nearest branch.


Freephone1800 66 66 66
Free text – text the word Talk to 50101

50808 - Text About It

This is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis – big or small.

Just text HELLO to 50808

For more information on this service, visit

Tusla Child and Family Agency

Tusla protect children and young people in Ireland from neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. If you need support, please contact 0818 776315 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (outside these hours in an emergency contact An Garda Siochana on 112 or 999).

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.