Why Talk To A Professional

Because your mental health deserves expert care. In a world where stress, anxiety, and life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, our team of experienced therapists is here to be your compass in the storm. Please don’t go through these struggles alone; let us help you find your way to calmer shores. Connect with us today, and together, we’ll work towards building a stronger and happier you.

What To Do In A Crisis

Living with a mental health condition can sometimes make you feel like you’re in a crisis. There are situations when things can get dangerous for you and/or for your loved one. A crisis can involve getting tangled with the law or hurting yourself, either intentionally or by accident. It’s also considered a crisis if you’re thinking about ending your life or hurting others.

Assess the Situation:

  • First, think about what kind of crisis you’re facing. Is it something that needs immediate attention?
  • If you’re thinking about taking your own life, that’s a serious mental health crisis, and you should go to the emergency room at the hospital or call 911 right away.
  • If you’re not sure how urgent it is, consider whether you’ve thought about how, where, or when you might hurt yourself. That means you’ve started planning.

If you’re still not sure, ask a friend or family member to stay with you to keep you safe. If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. You can call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Also, reach out to your mental health professionals and let them and the people in your life know what’s going on. You don’t have to keep it a secret.

Preventing a Crisis:
If you’re living with a mental health condition, it’s important to plan ahead. Work with your treatment team to make a plan for how to get intensive treatment if you need it, how to get there, how to take time off work, and how to explain to others where you are. Identify ways to calm yourself in emergencies.

Make sure you and your close ones know how to contact your mental health professionals in case of an emergency. You should also be aware of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) phone number if it’s available in your area. CIT officers are police trained to handle mental health crises.

If your mental health has gotten worse but you’re not thinking of suicide, it might mean you need some help or changes to your current treatment.

Consult Your Doctor:
If you notice your mental health getting worse, the first step is to reach out to your mental health professionals and tell them what’s happening. Be open and honest about how your treatment is working.

If you don’t have a mental health professional, set up an urgent appointment with your primary care physician, treating it like you would for a physical illness, to get professional support more quickly.

Connect with Others:
In tough times, many people find comfort in talking to friends, family, and support groups for reassurance.

You can also consider calling a “warmline,” which is a phone line staffed by trained volunteers who offer empathy and support. To find a warmline in your area, dial 211 or visit www.211.info for information about local social services. Keep in mind that these support lines are often run by people who have dealt with mental health conditions themselves and might not be professional counselors.

Prioritize Self-Care:
Think about what has helped you feel better in the past and create a personal “toolbox” of coping strategies. Would talking to a friend help? What about meditation or a short nap? Physical activity or a walk can also be beneficial. Take action to support yourself, even if you’re not sure it will work. Remember that uncertainty and helplessness can be symptoms of a mental health condition. Do things that have the potential to make you feel better and see how you feel afterward.

Remember that sticking to a long-term treatment plan can make your immediate distress more manageable. It can remind you that tough times are becoming less frequent and intense. Always remember that you’re not alone, and help is available.