This section includes information and support for:
- Survival Guide for Victims of Domestic Abuse
- Survival Guide for anyone struggling with their mental health and feeling overwhelmed or having suicidal thoughts
If you are in an emergency situation and need help contact the Police on 999 (there is also the Silent Solution where you can report abuse without speaking down the phone, by dialling '55').
Keep your phone nearby and make sure it is charged.
Keep money on you or in a safe place where you can get to it quickly. This may be needed for phone calls, bus fare, mini cab etc.
Try and keep all your important documents in one place, forms of I.D., any benefit letters if in receipt of benefits, passport, driving licence so you can get them easily if you need to leave in a hurry.
If you feel under direct threat, as well as ringing the Police, try and keep to an area of your home where there may be a means of escape and ideally avoid the kitchen where there are likely to be knives which could be used to attack you with.
Contact charities who may be able to help such as:
- The 24 hour Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247
- The Men's Advice Line for male victims of domestic abuse
0808 801 0327
- Womens Aid Live Chat Service
Who can offer emotional support and advise on local support when needed.
Survival Guide for anyone struggling with their mental health and feeling overwhelmed or having suicidal thoughts
If you feel in imminent danger of harming yourself contact the Emergency Services by dialling 999.
You can also present at your local hospital A&E.
Contact your GP and ask for an emergency appointment.
Contact someone you trust, family member, a friend, or a Helpline.
It is important to remember that the way you are feeling now is not the way you will always feel, life can and often does change very quickly.
You do not immediately have to act on thoughts you may be getting, but give yourself some time to seek support and help and see if your feelings change.
Think if there is anything you can do which would help you right now, something you may enjoy doing, something which will make you feel calmer and safer, something which will lift your mood, a distraction from your thoughts of harm.
If you have a mental health Crisis Team contact them or one of the emergency Mental Health Helplines.
- The Samaritans offer a 24 hour service:
Free confidential anonymous text support service 24 hours.
Helpline 0800 585858
5pm to midnight every day. For anyone who wants to talk about life's problems
0800 068 414
For anyone who is feeling suicidal or concerned about young person who is feeling suicidal
SupportLine can help with emotional support and details of counselling services and support groups across the UK
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