Are you thinking of hurting yourself?

If you are thinking about hurting yourself or you are having suicidal thoughts, you can get help now:

  • Call emergency services on 999 if you or someone you care about is in immediate danger
  • Call First Response any time, day or night on 0800 952 1181 for urgent support
  • Call Samaritans any time, day or night on 116 123
  • Text SHOUT to 85258, any time day or night if you need to talk



Are you feeling overwhelmed, distressed or low in mood?

If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficult feelings you can also call First Response on 0800 952 1181 and ask to be referred to Safe Spaces.

If you are struggling to get through to First Response you can call Guide-Line and ask them to refer you to Safe Spaces.

Guide-Line is not a crisis support service but does provide emotional support any time, day or night from 8am until midnight.


Kind, gentle, understanding. It was like he’d wrapped me in a blanket of kindness.

ClientSafe Spaces

You’re so calm, you let me speak and I can tell you are listening to me.

Caller – Guide-Line

Speak to someone over the phone


For children, young people and adults living in Bradford District and Craven

8am – midnight

Call us on 08001 884 884 or chat to us online.

West Yorkshire 24 hour mental health helpline

For anyone aged 18 and over who is registered with a GP in Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley.

24 hours a day 

Call 0800 183 0558 

Night OWLS

For children, young people, their parents and carers, living in West Yorkshire


Call 0800 1488 244 or Text 07984 392700

Teen Connect 

For young people aged 11+ (for teens and parents calling about teens) living in Leeds or WF3, WF10, BD4, or BD11.

3:30pm-2am Mon-Fri, 6pm-2am over the weekend

Call 0808 800 1212 or Text 07984 355251


For adults aged 18+  living in Leeds or WF3, WF10, BD4, or BD11.

Call 0808 800 1212

Try these coping techniques

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or out of control, you might want to try different methods of calming yourself down. There are some specific strategies that a crisis team might try to use with you to manage and minimize any symptoms you might be experiencing.

Coping techniques are simple exercises that try to accept, address and reduce the things you are experiencing.

Making a plan for the next few hours

If you are finding it difficult to focus or are unsure how to manage your day, writing down what you’ll do next might help you feel more in control of the situation.

Try our step by step tool for getting through the next few hours

Relaxing and calming exercises

If you are feeling anxious or scared there are many things you can do to help yourself cope.

Here are some simple exercises you can try that might calm you down. 

Coping with scary thoughts

Some people experience thoughts that are frightening or alarming you. They could be about suicide, harming yourself, harming others, or hearing voices.

We’ve put together a few ways that help people cope with unsettling thoughts.

Self-help guides and resources


Living with a mental health problem can make everyday life hard not only for you, but also your family and friends.

But there is a lot of information out there which can help you understand more about your experiences and other people’s.

There are many tips and guides to help you cope and here are just a few:

Mind’s A to Z of mental health

Mind guides to mental health

Sometimes we hear about books and online resources which people have found useful during their recovery and want to share with others.

Mental health self-help resources

Children and Young People

Here’s a quick guide to the key local services and national services available for children and young people: 

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Guide

Kooth and Young Minds also have some fantastic resources and information for children and young people:


Young Minds


Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds provides a directory of mental health and wellbeing services across Bradford, Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale.

Access a list of services, find advice on how to stay well, check out informal groups going on near you where you can meet new friends or access professional counselling.

Healthy Minds Website

Healthy Minds also has a handy Wellbeing Assistant, simply answer a few questions about yourself and it’ll find the best support for you in your local area based on your age, gender, location and how you’re feeling.

Use the Wellbeing Assistant

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