People with mental health conditions may experience mental health emergencies. These are often signaled by changes in thought, mood, or behavior. The person may be at risk of harming themself or others.
Family members, friends and coworkers who are close to the person experiencing the mental health emergency may notice some of these signs:
- difficulty accomplishing activities of daily living
- extreme grief
- extreme mood swings
- isolation (or lack of social support)
- substance abuse
- suicidal ideation (or thoughts of death)
- traumatic experience
- troubled relationships
The US now has a National Mental Health Hotline to help with these situations.
Call 988 to contact a trained counselor who can either offer coping strategies or referral to additional resources. The call is free and will support persons in crisis or those who care about them. It is managed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
It is expected that 988 will be as easy to recall during a mental health emergency as 911 is for other emergencies.
For more information: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988