Bad Nerves – Mental health

Who to speak to if you need support with your mental health.


Immediate Help
  • If you are at ‘breaking point’: Call 111 and choose the mental health option.
  • If your life or someone else’s life is in danger: Call 999 right away.
If You’re Feeling Desperate or Suicidal
  • Call The Samaritans: Dial 116 123. They are available 24/7 to talk when you’re feeling desperate.
Non-Emergency Support
Are you constantly feeling worried, distressed and afraid?

You might be struggling with anxiety. Anxiety can cause distressing thoughts or uncomfortable physical feelings. These can include:

  • A tight feeling in your chest or stomach
  • A fast heartbeat
  • Numbness or tingling
  • A feeling of dread, especially about the future
Panic Attack

Sometimes, anxiety can lead to a panic attack. This is a natural response to stress, but it can feel very scary. The physical symptoms of a panic attack can include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain
  • A fear of dying
  • Feeling disconnected from your body (dissociation)
Do you often feel low or hopeless?

You might be experiencing depression. Depression affects your mood. You might feel very down and have low self-esteem. You might not feel motivated to do everyday tasks or to be with other people. Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling angry or frustrated
  • Feeling tired a lot of the time
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of interest in things
Are you having thoughts of ending your life?
Suicidal Thoughts

These are called suicidal thoughts. Even if you haven’t made plans to end your life, you can still feel suicidal. If you’re feeling like this, please call:

If You Are Feeling Any of This

If you are feeling any of these things, please speak to your GP or someone you trust. These are just a few experiences related to mental health. For more information, see the comprehensive list of mental health conditions by Mind.

Mental Health Support Contacts

Here are other organisations that provide support for mental health:

The Samaritans

  • Service: For everyone, open 24/7
  • Phone: 116 123


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

  • Service: For men, from 5 pm to midnight every day
  • Phone: 0800 58 58 58


  • Service: For children and young people under 19
  • Phone: 0800 1111 (the number won’t show up on your phone bill)

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

  • Resource: The Stay Alive app, a suicide prevention resource for the UK with useful information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis.

Rethink Mental Illness

  • Service: Expert advice, information, and training around mental health
  • Helpline: 0808 801 0525 (open Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 4 pm, excluding bank holidays)

In the Sussex Area


  • Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS): 0300 304 0078 for urgent intervention

If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact the Friends, Families and Travellers helpline on  01273 234 777. We are open Monday to Friday10am to 4.30pm excluding bank holidays. Please note, however, that we are not mental health professionals.

Correct as of June 2024.

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