Mental Health Emergencies

Mental health crises or emergencies can happen to anyone at any time of the year, but even more so in the winter season with its shorter daylight hours, which can lead to seasonal affective disorders for some. This year, the situation is exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which is still affecting our lives. The pandemic and its resulting restrictions have hit many people hard with the associated stress, uncertainty, uncontrollability, and social distancing rules that have led to increased loneliness for many, especially vulnerable people. Work and family stress, unemployment, and difficulty dealing with big life changes—especially in a foreign country and away from your family—can all lead to psychic crises or mental health emergencies. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from a mental health crisis, there is help from various resources in the Basel region.


The Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (University’s Psychiatric Clinic, or UPK) provide psychiatric and psychological support for expats (in English), both for adults and for children.


You can call the Psychiatrie Baselland in Liestal (Bienentalstrasse 7, Haus C).

You can also contact the 24-hour medical emergency hotline for Basel-Stadt, Baselland, and parts of cantons Aargau and Solothurn at 061-261-1515.

General Resources

Switzerland also has 24-hour suicide hotlines for adults and children/adolescents. If the person answering cannot help you in English, they will connect you to someone who can.