If you believe someone you know is missing and you are concerned for their welfare dial 999.
If you are facing a difficult time, and you are thinking about going missing, there is help available. If you feel you are in serious and immediate danger of harming yourself, call 999 and ask for help or go to the nearest A&E. Alternatively, the Samaritans are there to help, 24/7.
If you are not in a crisis right now, you can look at the charity Mind. There is a wealth of resources and help is at hand.
Remember, if you are over 18 and not detained under the Mental Health Act, or are legally in the care of another person, going missing is not an offence. If you are reported missing, the police will want to make sure you are safe and not at risk of harm.
The charity Missing People also has a free, confidential helpline and specialises in working with missing people.
A number of people we search for are elderly, often suffering from memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s. This can be as a result of “walking about“; if you are concerned for someone you know, the Alzheimer’s society has some useful information, as well as some tips on how to manage the situation.