For immediate support during a crisis
- Contact NHS Direct (0845 46 47) or NHS 24 in Scotland (08454 24 24 24). These lines are open all day every day. The nurses can advise you from a medical point of view what your best course of action may be in any given circumstances.
- In an emergency situation you can call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.
- Contact your GP - they may be able to offer you support themselves, or refer you to specialist mental health services. If your GP surgery is closed they will have an out of hours service you can contact instead.
- The Samaritans are there to listen 24 hours a day. Call on 08457 90 90 90.
- Saneline offers emotional support out of office hours and is open everyday 6pm to 11pm on 0845 767 8000.
- Most areas have a mental health crisis team available 24 hours a day, you should be able to get their contact details via your local council or social services, or see them via A&E.
Below are suggestions for how to find out about support available in your local area:
- Contact your GP - they may be able to offer you support themselves, refer you to specialist mental health services and provide information about local support groups.
- Self-help – you may find it helpful to learn more about personality disorders, the particular difficulties you are struggling with and the strategies other people have developed to help them cope. There are an increasing number of self help publications and internet websites about mental health issues, details of these can be found in the Links section of the site.
- Contact NHS Direct (0845 46 47) or NHS 24 in Scotland (08454 24 24 24). These lines are open all day everyday. The nurses can advise you from a medical point of view what your best course of action may be in any given circumstances. They also have access to information about local services and can usually point you in the direction of someone able to help.
- Local mental health charities – most local mental health charities have information about support available in the area. Many also run services such as day centres and social groups themselves. To find out about local mental health charities check your phone book, contact Mind to see if they have an organisation in your area, ask at your GP surgery or local library.
- Contact your local Mental Health NHS Trust – they will be able to provide information about the mental health services they offer in your area and how to access them. They will also be able to give you information about any services specifically for people given a diagnosis of personality disorder in your region.
- Check for service maps – some areas have developed an online map of services for people given a diagnosis of personality disorder or experiencing the difficulties often associated with these diagnoses. To find out if there is one of your area go to: www.personalitydisorder.org.uk/services
- Professional registers/associations – professional associations for different types of therapies often have searchable databases to help you find a therapist in your area. You can find details for some these associations in the Links section (opens in a new page) of this website.