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Help in a Crisis

When our pain exceeds our resources to cope, that’s when despair can surface and leave us feeling that we have no option but to consider suicide. Such thoughts and feelings can be extremely frightening and overwhelming – please do reach out and ask for help.

If you are feeling suicidal and unable to keep yourself safe, please call Bradford NHS First Response on +44 (0)1274 221 181call 999, or go to Bradford A&E and ask to speak to the local Crisis Team.

Alternatively, please contact the Counselling and Mental Health Service and we will respond to you as quickly as we can and provide you with a confidential and safe place to talk and be heard. 

Internal support

External support

  • Contact your own GP (doctor). If you are not registered our local medical practice is Bradford Student Health

  • In a mental health crisis, call Bradford NHS First Response on +44(0) 1274 22 1181.  A telecoach will answer and quickly assess your needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Call NHS Choices 111 or visit their website NHS 111 service

  • Call the Samaritans (24 hour national helpline) on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website

  • Text "Shout" to 85258 - giveusashout.org: free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis

  • University security: +44(0) 1274 23 8888 or non-emergency 6999

  • Bradford College security: +44(0) 1274 43 3090 or in an emergency dial 555 from a college phone
  • Download SafeZone to your mobile phone to request help and alert University of Bradford security staff

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    • If you are in danger and are able to talk, dial “999” to speak with an operator.

    • If you are in danger and are unable to talk or signal your call is an emergency, dial “999 55” to be put through to the police, otherwise your call may be terminated. To ascertain your situation and location, the police may ask questions that can be answered by tapping your phone.

    • The police may not be able to trace your call. Calls from a landline phone are linked to an address, however, calls from mobiles will only show your general location.

  • Contact the Student Life Team for support and advice about financial issues:  email money@bradford.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1274 23 6504.

  • Please look through our Self-Help page for more information, advice, and support relating to these and other issues.  


If you are worried about a friend or house mate please contact us and ask to speak to one of our Mental Health Advisers. They will be able to talk to you about your concerns and optioins for support.  

 Please also contact us if you need to speak with someone following an extreme mental health event with a student or staff member.

Mental health emergency and suicide risk response protocol