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Managing a Mental Health Crisis

What Should I do If I’m Having a Mental Health Crisis:

    • The most important thing to do in a crisis is to TELL SOMEONE.
    • If you tell someone else that you are in crisis, they can help you to work on a plan to feel better.
    • Start by talking to a person you trust like a parent, friend, support staff, or doctor. Be honest with them and tell them about thoughts you have been having.
    • If you need more help, you can talk to a professional by calling or texting the National Suicide Helpline at 9-8-8.
    • If you need immediate help to stay safe you should CALL 9-1-1.

How Can I Prevent a Mental Health Crisis?

It is helpful to plan how to handle a crisis before it happens.
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Having a plan can help you to get through a mental health crisis more easily or even prevent a crisis from happening.

Your plan should include:

    • A list of triggers that may cause a mental health crisis.
    • Strategies to help you feel calm again.
    • Phone numbers for trusted adults and emergency providers.

A mental health professional can help you create a mental health crisis plan. They can also help you to learn and practice skills for managing your emotions.

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