Somerset Talking Therapies is not a general mental health service and we are not able to offer crisis management (urgent service) or general support to people. If you have immediate concerns about how you are feeling including if you feel at serious risk to yourself or others we advise you talk to your G.P as soon as you can.

If you require more immediate support or feel you are in crisis then please contact your doctor or phone one of the numbers below:

  • NHS 111 – Use The NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it is not a life threatening situation.
  • If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm then please call the Police or Ambulance Service on 999.
  • Contact the Samaritans on 116 123
  • Approach Accident and Emergency at your main local hospital outside of surgery hours. If you are in crisis your GP can consider a direct referral to the Community Mental Health Team.

Somerset Talking Therapies service is for people living in Somerset. If you live outside Somerset you should contact your doctor about services available in your area.

Remember suicide is preventable. You are not alone and can get help now.

Information below may also be helpful:

  • If you have been given antidepressants, remember that they take two weeks to start working and this will be gradual.
  • Try and tell your friends and family, who will support you by spending time with you. Talking to a family member or a friend or a colleague can bring huge relief.
  • Try to avoid long periods of time on your own, especially if you just sit and dwell on things.
  • Plan your day and set small, easy to achieve task as these will keep you occupied and give you a sense of achievement.
  • Try and eat little and often and try to drink up to 2 litres of water each day.
  • Avoid alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
  • Try to distract yourself by phoning a friend, going out or reading a magazine.
  • Exercise can help make you feel better.

Other useful support:

Mindline Somerset  01823 276892 

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 8p.m. until 11 p.m.  operating a local confidential telephone support line for anyone who is experiencing or has experienced emotional or mental distress.

The Samaritans Service – 116 123

The Samaritan helpline is available 24 hrs a day should you find yourself in crisis or in emotional distress.

Sane Line – 0300 304 7000

SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. They are open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm.