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Navigating a Mental Health Crisis

NAMI’s Guide for NAVIGATING a MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Do you know what to do and how to help when someone experiences a mental health crisis? As with any illness, when a mental health crisis presents itself, it is helpful to know what to do quickly to get the help you need. NAMI has a written comprehensive guide to help those with a mental illness and their caregivers create a plan for a possible crisis situation and ensure a successful outcome.

Additional crisis planning ideas can be found here 

“When mental illness is present, the potential for crisis is never far from mind. Crisis episodes related to mental illness can feel incredibly overwhelming. There’s the initial shock, followed by a flood of questions — the most prominent of which is: “What can we do?”

People experiencing mental illness — and the people who care for them — need information. However, that information is not always readily available and the search for answers may require more energy and persistence than possible in times of crisis.

“Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency” (Crisis Guide) provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis, available resources and so much more.

Unlike other health emergencies, people experiencing mental health crises often don’t receive instructions or materials on what to expect after the crisis. That is why we created this guide, so people experiencing mental health emergencies and their loved ones can have the answers and information they need when they need it. In the pages of our Crisis Guide, you’ll find:

  • Understanding mental health crises
  • Preparing for a crisis
  • What to do during a crisis
  • What to do following a crisis
  • A sample crisis plan” Download the PDF guide here. 

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County offers Support Groups, Education Classes and Advocacy Opportunities in Chester, Lancaster and York Counties. Resources in this community can be found here: Local Resources

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