In a crisis, a person’s usual coping mechanisms for everyday life break down. This can be brought on by stress following major life events. Someone in an acute crisis may suffer from acute depression, delusions, panic attacks, suicidal behavior, or act violently towards others.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact your General Practitioner (GP) immediately. The GP will contact the local Crisis Intervention Team (available 24/7) if necessary.
If the crisis involves someone with suicidal thoughts, you can also contact 113 or 0800 – 0113, an anonymous helpline.