I need help now
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing, or suicidal and need immediate help please either:
· Contact your GP and request an emergency appointment
· Contact the Samaritans to talk confidentially 24/7 by calling 116 123
· Call NHS 111 to speak over the phone or use their online service.
· Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19
If you think you need urgent mental health help, it’s important to get in touch as soon as possible remember that you are not wasting anyone’s time.
Local help in Dorset
If you live in Dorset, Access Mental Health is here to help you in a crisis.
The 24/7 Connection phone line
If you require urgent mental health support call 0800 652 0190 or NHS 111 and you will be signposted to the right service for the support you need.
Face to Face and virtual drop ins
The Retreat is a safe place to go if you are struggling to cope. They offer face to face drop ins.
There’s no need to phone ahead, just turn up during opening hours.
Bournemouth – 4.30pm-11.30pm, Hahnemann Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JW
Dorchester – 4.30pm-11.30pm, 30 Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, DT1 2ER, UK
Community Front Rooms
The Community Front Rooms are open to anyone over 18 who needs face-to-face in Bridport, Wareham, Weymouth and Shaftesbury.
They are open for face to face or virtual drop Thursday-Sunday from 2.15pm-9.45pm.
To access these locations virtually, click on your nearest location.
They are staffed by mental health professionals and peer specialists (people with personal experience of mental health issues).
It is a welcoming, informal, safe spaces where you can discuss your problems
Local help in Southampton
If you need urgent help, please call NHS 111 and you will be directed to the correct service or your needs.
The Lighthouse is a drop in centre where you will be welcomed and be able to talk about your problems if you want to.
There are locations in Bitterne and Shirley. It is open Monday-Sunday 4.30pm-11.30pm and is located here:
147 Shirley Road
You can text ‘lighthouse’ and your postcode (for example LIGHTHOUSE SO14 0YG) to 07451276010 between 4.30pm and 11.30pm. The lighthouse staff will then contact you via telephone, email, webchat or text.
Worried about someone else?
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide, please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment.
Alternatively, you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are worried someone is about to hurt someone else, please contact the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.