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 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.
Speak to someone over the phone
For children, young people and adults living in Bradford District and Craven
8am – midnight
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
For children, young people, their parents and carers, living in West Yorkshire
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
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.
Relaxing and calming exercises
If you are feeling anxious or scared there are many things you can do to help yourself cope.
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.
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:
Sometimes we hear about books and online resources which people have found useful during their recovery and want to share with others.
Children and Young People
Here’s a quick guide to the key local services and national services available for children and young people:
Kooth and Young Minds also have some fantastic resources and information for children and young people:
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 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.