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If you are in crisis or severe emotional distress the following organisations offer a free confidential service until you are able to arrange to see a counsellor or visit your GP:

The Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90 www.samaritans.org

Nightlink - 0808 8000 306 (5pm to midnight) Nightlink info: www.re-gain.org.uk

SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. They are open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm. 0845 767 8000 www.sane.org.uk