IT'S OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP. AT TIMES, LIFE CAN BE CHALLENGING AND BRINGS US TO QUESTION IT. IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE EVER FEELS THIS WAY, THERE'S PLENTY OF RESOURCES TO REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT. YOU ARE NEVER ALONE AND YOUR EXISTENCE ALWAYS MATTERS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CHECK BELOW FOR YOUR PIECE OF PEACE OF MIND. <3
A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IS ANY SITUATION IN WHICH A PERSON'S BEHAVIOR PUTS THEM AT RISK OF HURTING THEMSELVES OR OTHERS AND/OR PREVENTS THEM FROM BEING ABLE TO FUNCTION OR CARE FOR THEMSELVES.
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF ON MENTAL ILLNESS, THERE ARE A FEW WARNING SIGNS OF A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
inability to perform daily tasks
rapid mood swings
out of control behavior
abusive behavior to self or someone
isolation from school, work, family, and friends
and several more key indicators
MANY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS REQUIRE PATIENTS TO CREATE A CRISIS PLAN AND MAY SUGGEST THAT IT BE SHARED WITH FAMILY AND FAMILY, ACCORDING TO NAMI.
A WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN HELPS WITH AVOIDING A CRISIS. IT SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
phone numbers of a therapist or healthcare provider
phone numbers of family members or friends who would be helpful in a crisis
a local crisis line number
local crisis line number (you can usually find this by contacting your NAMI Affiliate, or by doing an internet search for "mental health crisis services" and the name of your county)
addresses of walk-in crisis centers or emergency rooms
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
your address and phone number(s)
your diagnosis and medications
previous psychosis or suicide attempts
history of drug use
things that have helped in the past
mobile Crisis Unit phone number in the area (if there is one)
determine if police officers in the community have Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
OKAY, NOW WHAT? KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP? REFER TO THE LINKS BELOW.