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Patients and carers

Crisis support

Patients and carers

Crisis support

Patients and carers

Crisis support

Patients and carers

Crisis support

Having a mental health crisis means different things to different people.

You might feel so distressed that you want to harm yourself, or someone else. 

You might hear unpleasant voices, or feel that people are watching you or want to harm you.

It could help to tell someone you trust, maybe a family member or a friend. 

They can be with you and help you decide what to do. They can also contact services on your behalf.

Check your care plan, if you have one, and:

During office hours contact your care coordinator or the duty number for the team that is supporting you. If you don't have their details, visit our service finder. 

Out of hours call 0800 731 2864 to speak to our mental health crisis line.
Call 0800 731 2864 (Option 1) to speak to our mental health crisis line, or visit this page for children and young people.

You can also call 111 or contact these Mental health helplines.  

If you are with someone who has attempted suicide, call 999 and stay with them until the ambulance arrives.

The NHS website includes help for suicidal thoughts and advice from the Samaritans about what to do if you're worried about someone else

One-to-one support for those who feel life is no longer worth living is available in central London from the listening place.
Emergency services and out of hours: contact our Acute Referral Centre on 020 3228 6272

During office hours contact your local assessment and liaison team:

Lambeth
Our assessment and liaison team has been replaced with Lambeth Single Point of Access
Email: lambethspa@slam.nhs.uk
Call: 0800 090 2456

Lewisham
Email: Slm-tr.Lewisham-A-and-L@nhs.net
Call: 020 3228 9200

Croydon
Email: CroydonMapAssessmentandLiaisonTeam@slam.nhs.uk
Call: 020 32280365

Southwark North (Maudsley Hospital)
Email: SouthwarkNorthAssessmentandLiaisonTeam@slam.nhs.uk
Call: 020 3228 9454

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