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If you’re suddenly very scared, upset, suicidal or in a crisis, if a friend or family member suddenly feels like this, there are people who can help. Here’s how to find them.

If you’ve already seen someone from a mental health service, or early intervention in psychosis service, this may be the best place to go to speak to someone.

‘Click here to get the phone number for the Sussex Early Intervention in Psychosis service’

If you’re worried about yourself or someone you know and you want to talk to someone about it, here are some good places to try.

 People to talk to in person




Your GP



Working hours

They can briefly assess the situation and put you directly in touch with the right person for you

Your local Accident and Emergency Department (A&E)


24 hours

They can assess the situation and provide crisis support. They may encourage you to see your GP, or will put you in touch with immediate support if its needed

Your local Early Intervention in Psychosis Service



Working hours

If you’re worried about or maybe experiencing psychosis, they can assess the situation and provide support. If in fact you’re not experiencing psychosis but need some support, they can help you find the right person for you


You could call the following confidential helplines or visit their websites for support and advice:





08457 90 90 90


24 hours

Helpline for anyone needing emotional support

Sussex Mental Healthline

0300 5000 101

5pm - 9am Monday - Thursday. All day during weekends and bank holidays.

Support for anyone who has questions or concerns about mental health issues


0300 123 3393


9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.

National helpline providing information on mental distress, where to get help, interventions and advocacy


0845 767 8000


6pm – 11pm everyday

National helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems

Talk to Frank

0800 776600 (text 82111)


24 hours

FRANK offers free, professional, friendly and unbiased information about drugs


0800 1111


24 hours

Offering free support and advice to children and young people

Get connected

0808 808 4994 (text 80849)


1pm – 11pm everyday

Free,  confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn

Parents’ helpline

0808 802 5544


9.30am – 4pm Monday - Friday

Free information and support for parents on child and adolescent mental health


020 7403 0888 (18 years+)

020 7407 0215 (12-17 yrs)


10am – 10pm everyday

Support for anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not


Other useful websites:

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ - information for young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing.  

http://www.wheretogofor.co.uk/ - website containing details of projects and services in Brighton and Hove, which are useful for young people aged 16 – 25.

http://www.voicecollective.co.uk/ - information, stories and peer support for children and young people who hear, see and sense things that others' don't.

http://www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk/- information for family and friends of people who experience psychosis and offering the opportunity to ask questions to a pharmacist, psychiatrist, and psychologist.

http://www.rethink.org/carers-family-friends/caring-for-yourself-guide/- an eight-part guide for people who care for someone who experiences mental health problems.

The EYE Project is a research project supported by:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Swandean, Arundel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3EP