** I am not an expert as far as a Therapist, Doctor, or Psychiatrist.
I am an expert at being a person with mental illness and have had a mental crisis. I know things I have learned from therapy, from research, and things I wish my family and friends would have known.
If you are in a mental crisis, seek medical attention right now! Stop and call 911 for local help or 988 for the suicide lifeline (in the USA). You can text 988 also. Please do not wait.
Urgent: Don’t Feel Helpless In A Mental Crisis
Mental health is one of the most critical aspects of keeping a healthy and balanced life, yet it is often overlooked. Unfortunately, many individuals experience mental crises and feel helpless in these moments.
Identifying these signs and understanding how to handle them properly is essential. This article will provide helpful information on why you should take mental health seriously and what steps can be taken to manage a mental crisis confidently.
Millions of people suffer in silence yearly, too ashamed to speak out about their struggles or ask for help. This is wrong! We must stand together to bring awareness to mental health and mental crisis.
Think of it this way, if your best friend was in a mental crisis, would you shame them for asking for help? No, you would be there! You need to be your own best friend. Your mental health is SO important. You are so important.
Unfortunately, there are warning signs that might indicate an individual is on the brink of a mental crisis. It’s important to recognize these signs so you can intervene if necessary and ensure the person gets the support they need.
If this is you, scroll to the top of this post and get help now! I am so serious. You are more important than anything I can type. You need to seek an expert.
Signs of a potential mental crisis may include sudden changes in behavior, such as increased substance abuse, difficulty maintaining relationships with friends or family members, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and extreme mood swings.
People may also isolate themselves from social situations more often than usual or become uncharacteristically violent without provocation. If you notice any of these symptoms manifesting in someone close to you, it’s crucial to take action before the situation escalates further.
Recognizing Help Available
Mental health crises can be serious and frightening situations for those affected and their loved ones. Knowing that available help can make a massive difference in recovering from these difficult times.
You must know the local and national numbers that you can call or text, nearby EMS or Police stations, or hospitals where you can go. ( See My Mental Health Emergency Kit Sheets)
I created a couple of Google Sheets Docs. They are not fancy sheets. They are for functionality. You can print and handwrite them or type in the information and print either way you choose.
I understand some people have different technology levels, so I left lots of room so you can write on them.
Please fill them out when you are calm and have time to focus on this task.
BEFORE you have a crisis, look up the closest place to your home that has 24/7 mental health crisis help.
I am in Michigan, USA. Below is the information for MY area. (This might not be your information)
Mental Health Emergencies or Crisis Intervention Call anytime: 24-Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week 313-224-7000 or 1-800-241-4949 TDD: 1-866-870-2599 TO ACCESS EMERGENCY SERVICES Prior authorization is not required for emergency medical services
Write down the National number for the USA is 988. That is it. You don’t have to dial one or anything else. You can also text this number.
Here is what you need in your emergency kit.
- Your name and phone number
- local emergency numbers for mental health
- national emergency numbers and crisis line (988)
- YOUR Doctor, Therapist, or Clinics daytime AND after-hours numbers
- YOUR family or friend that you would want to be contacted, name and phone numbers
- The hospital you wish to go to, if not decided, emergency personnel will pick the closest one.
- A list of every medication that you take (even vitamins)
- A list of everything you are allergic to (even food)
- State if you use alcohol or any recreational drugs
There are places for all this information on my Mental Health Emergency Kit Sheets.
You can download them HERE.
This list is a lifesaver! Literary. I always keep this list in my bag because I have had a crisis outside my house. If a stranger calls for help for you, they might not even know your name. How would an EMS person know that you are on medications?
Are you struggling with a mental health crisis? It can be overwhelming to feel helpless in such a situation. But some coping strategies can help you manage your feelings and get through them.
Studies have shown that engaging in self-care activities like deep breathing, stretching, calming music, or writing down your thoughts can help reduce stress and improve mental well-being.
Talking to someone understanding and supportive can provide emotional comfort during difficult times. Whether it’s a close friend, family member, or even a therapist or counselor, having support will make the journey easier.
Finally, consider the power of simple things like getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods while facing challenging emotions. Taking care of yourself physically will give you the strength to work through any mental challenges you may face.
Self-Care and Support
Creating self-care plans and practices is one way to manage stress during difficult times; these strategies can help maintain physical and emotional well-being by providing stability amidst the chaos.
Self-care activities, creating your own self-care plan, and seeking out professional help from trained professionals are also essential for managing mental health issues.
Professionals such as counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists have valuable insight into mental health challenges that can provide tailored advice for individual cases.
Reach Out for Assistance In Mental Crisis
In times of mental crisis, finding the strength and courage to reach out for help can be challenging. But if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to contact a qualified professional for assistance.
Taking the first step towards understanding your feelings and getting the support you need is critical in managing any mental health disorder.
Many resources are available today to those who seek help, including
- Hotlines – offer 24/7 support from trained professionals who understand how emotionally draining a mental health crisis can be.
- Online therapy – provides convenient access to qualified counselors without having to leave your home or office.
- Counseling centers – provide face-to-face conversations with experienced clinicians who specialize in providing emotional support during difficult times.
Conclusion of Urgent Don’t Feel Helpless In A Mental Crisis
In a mental health crisis, it’s easy to feel alone. But it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Studies have shown that nearly one out of every five adults in the US experiences some form of mental illness each year.
That means there is a large number of people who can relate to your struggles and understand what you’re going through.
Seeking help from a professional or trusted friend can be the first step on the journey toward recovery. Mental health professionals are trained to help individuals recognize their signs of distress and provide them with the tools they need to cope and work toward long-term stability.
Additionally, support groups are available for those needing companionship during their journey toward better mental health. It’s important for those struggling with a mental health issue not to feel ashamed or embarrassed about seeking help – you are not alone!
Please reach out if you need help or love someone going through a crisis.
Let’s come together to end the silence. Don’t suffer by yourself because you are not alone!!
Please feel free to encourage others to reach out for help. Please leave comments here!