If you are urgently looking for help and advice

.... because you are concerned about your own mental health or that of a relative or friend, there are many places you can turn to for help.

  • If you are looking for help from Mental Health Services provided by the NHS, then in most cases you will be asked to contact your GP for help first.  If you do not have your local GP contact details to hand you can access them here.
  • If you live in Wales then you can contact C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line).  A Helpline that offers free emotional support and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call them free on 0800 132 737 or text “help” to 81066.  Visit the C.A.L.L. website here  
  • NHS Direct Wales is a health advice and information service available 24 hours a day, every day.  You can call them on 0845 46 47 if you are feeling ill and are unsure what to do.

If the help you need is very urgent and you are worried about the imminent safety of yourself or others them please read on for suggestions about how you might get urgent help. 

Most of this information (though the numbers are Powys related) comes from Mind, a national organisation that can provide information and advice. You can call them on 0300 123 3393 or check out their own website here.

I am having thoughts of suicide and believe that I am in immediate danger

  • To talk to someone who is trained to listen, contact the Samaritans on 116 123 (free to call). They are open 24 hours a day.
  • If you have a crisis card that you have prepared based on previous experience, get  that now and contact your support people.

I have taken an overdose or I am about to seriously harm or kill myself

  • Call 999. The call is free. You can ask to stay on the line while you wait for help to arrive.
  • Alternatively you can go to the nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E).

If you are living in Powys this link to A & E hospitals might be useful.

Or call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

I fear that I am about to seriously harm or kill another person

  • Call 999 and ask for help.

Someone I know is in immediate danger of seriously harming/killing themselves or endangering someone else

  • Contact social services. They can arrange for the person to be assessed under the Mental Health Act. Please be aware that this could lead to the person being sectioned in hospital and treated without their consent.

Powys Social Services working hours 01597 826 000

Powys Social Services Outside of these hours 01597 825 275

Emergency out-of-hours Careline 0845 054 4847

  • Contact NHS Direct Wales free on 0845 4647 to get contact details for local area social and mental health services, medical advice & information.
  • Call 999 if you cannot get through anywhere else.

Further information

If these situations do not describe you at the moment, other forms of help might be more appropriate. For further information, please follow the links to:

Link to Local Mental Health organisations

Link to National Mental Health organisations

Link to other local services

Link to Mind info on suicide, crisis services, panic attacks

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Monthly Carers Group

Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Don't Dis-Me

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Training day looking at disability issues and how the arts can be used to empower individuals and communities (Llandrindod Wells)

Job Club (Hay-on-Wye)

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Stepping Stones Project, Brecon & District Mind

Job Club (Crickhowell)

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Stepping Stones Project, Brecon & District Mind

Dementia Network Meeting

Wednesday 29 March 2017

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Anger Management Course

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Compassionate Mental Health Conference (2 days)

Thursday 30 March 2017

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Embracing Individuality

Thursday 30 March 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Rhayader)

Anger Management Session

Thursday 30 March 2017

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Knit & Stitch Group

Friday 31 March 2017

Dementia Friendly Newtown

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Thursday 6 April 2017

Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

Concert featuring The Quiet Ranters

Saturday 8 April 2017

Brecon & District Mind Event

Singing Group

Monday 10 April 2017

Brecon (Dementia Matters in Powys)

Brecon Library Book Club

Tuesday 11 April 2017

Dementia Friendly Brecon

The Bird House - Celf-Able

Thursday 13 April 2017

Exhibition at Celf o Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Building Self Worth - 3 week course

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

'Down the Line' Workshop (4 classes)

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Celf o Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

ACTivate Your Life classes - Tuesdays (4 weeks)

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Brecon Social Club (every Wednesday)

Wednesday 3 May 2017

Dementia Friendly Brecon

THRIVE - For Staff & Volunteers - 3 week course

Monday 8 May 2017

Mid Powys Mind, LLandrindod Wells

Talk about Therapeutic Benefits of Pottery Making

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Mental Health Today Wales 2017

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Conference & Exhibition in Cardiff

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 11 May 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Dementia Awareness Day

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board Event in Newtown

Executive Committee

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Powys Community Health Council

TrekFest - The Beacons 2017

Saturday 3 June 2017

Walk the walk this year with Bipolar UK (2 days)

Stress & Anxiety Management - 3 week course

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Summer Fair

Saturday 10 June 2017

Brecon & District Mind Event

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Storytelling for Health Conference (2 days)

Friday 16 June 2017

Arts in Health, Wales

Asylum: Action and Reaction conference

Wednesday 28 June 2017

A conference in Manchester to celebrate 30 years of Asylum magazine

Mental Health Awareness Course

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Tea-on-Top with Brecon & District Mind

Sunday 30 July 2017

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ACTivate Your Life Classes - Wednesdays (4 weeks)

Wednesday 2 August 2017

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Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 10 August 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Executive Committee

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Powys Community Health Council

ISPS Conference in Liverpool

Wednesday 30 August 2017

International Society for Psychological & Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS)

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

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Powys Community Health Council

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

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Powys Community Health Council

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Mondays (4 weeks)

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Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

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Powys Community Health Council

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Powys Community Health Council

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