Emergency Mental Health Resources in UK and France

Below are some of the emergency mental health resources and services available in the UK and France that can help you if you are experiencing a crisis.

I do not provide an emergency counselling service. This means that if you are experiencing a crisis (a sense that you may be of risk of harm to yourself or someone else and need urgent help), you should seek immediate support.

Emergency and Urgent Mental Health Services and Resources in the UK (usually in English)

UK Emergency Mental Health Services

  • Go to any Accident & Emergency (A&E) department
  • Call 999 and ask for an ambulance to take you to A&E
  • Ask someone to call 999 for you
  • Ask someone to take you to A&E
  • Call Samaritans on 116 123
  • Request an emergency appointment with your GP
  • Contact your local crisis team if you are being provided care by a crisis team

Listening Services in the UK

Emergency and Urgent Mental Health Services and Resources in France (usually in French)

France Emergency Mental Health Services

  • Go to any emergency ward (les urgences) at any hospital
  • Call SAMU on 15 and ask to be taken to les urgences
  • Call the Sapeurs-pompiers on 18 and ask to be take to les urgences
  • Ask someone to call 15, 18 or 112 for you
  • Ask someone to take you to les urgences
  • Contact your médicin traitant (registered GP) for an emergency appointment
  • Contact any médecin généraliste (GP) for an emergency appointment
  • Contact a psychiatrist (psychiatre)
  • Contact or visit any CMP (Centre Médico-Psychologique)

France: Listening Services

  • Call SOS Help, an English-language listening service, on 01 46 21 46 46 (not 24 hours)
  • Call SOS Amitié, a French-speaking listening service, on 09 72 39 40 50

Emergency and Urgent Mental Health Services and Resources Worldwide

Important disclaimer

These lists are not intended to be an exhaustive reference to all of the mental health support services available to you.

In any emergency in France, UK or elsewhere in the EU, dialling 112 should connect you to an emergency call handlers who should be able to direct you to an appropriate service.