Mental Health Crisis Support

If you’ve ever felt out of control or even scared of yourself or someone you love, you understand just how frightening that type of situation can be. When you are in the midst of a mental health crisis, you may not even know what is going on. It’s important to get help from a mental health crisis team as quickly as possible to prevent a bad outcome. Davis Behavioral Health offers crisis mental health services so that we can make sure our clients, their families and loved ones and the community at large are all safe.


There are times when you may feel completely alone or that your personal crisis is not a big enough deal to reach out for help. Remember, this service is for anyone who is feeling as though they may harm themselves or others, or even if they are just in desperate need for an understanding and listening ear.

What Is a Mental Health Crisis?

A mental health crisis is any situation in which someone’s actions or behaviors may prevent them from functioning or lead to them harming themselves or others. Additionally, mental health crises put individuals at risk of being unable to care for themselves or function healthily in the community.

When you are living with a mental illness, you may feel as though you are often in crisis. The difference is when your safety or the safety of others is truly at risk. Some people may be able to recognize that they are having a crisis, while others may need a loved one to intervene on their behalf.

How To Tell If You’re Having a Mental Health Crisis

What is considered a mental health crisis is as unique as the person experiencing it. The signs surrounding a mental health crisis are rarely the same for everyone, but there are a few commonalities for which to be on the lookout, including the following:

  • Intense or sudden mood swings
  • Inability to perform typical daily tasks
  • Inability to care for oneself, including personal hygiene
  • Paranoia
  • Isolation from others
  • Psychosis, including delusions or hallucinations
  • Intense feelings of anger or agitation
  • Suicidal thoughts or planning
  • Self-harm

For some people with mental health conditions, these types of behaviors may be statis quo. It becomes a crisis when the behavior is out of the normal range of behavior that they typically exhibit.

We have several locations to serve clients in Davis County.

What Can Cause a Mental Health Crisis?

The exact cause of all mental crises is challenging to pinpoint, because everyone reacts differently to different situations. What may lead to a mental health crisis for one person may not cause any issues for someone else. However, there are some leading stressors that have the risk of leading to a crisis:

  • Divorce or breakups
  • Loss
  • Substance abuse
  • Traumatic events
  • Loss of employment
  • Stopping mental health treatments
  • Discrimination
  • Lack of support system

Mobile Crisis Outreach Team

For individuals in crisis, Davis Behavioral Health utilizes a Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT). This mental health crisis team operates 24/7. A mental health therapist and peer support specialist respond to both mental health and substance use crises within 30 minutes—either by phone or in person.

Intensive Stabilization Services for Youth

In addition to MCOT services, DBH offers ongoing stabilization services for youth in crisis. This team can help children, youth and families experiencing emotional or behavioral trauma that may be compromising their ability to function in their family, living situation, or community. Children between 0 and 21 are eligible for stabilization services.

What To Do If You’re Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately at 988. And contact the hotline if a loved one is showing signs of suicidal ideation, such as talking about hurting themselves, researching ways to die or threatening self-harm.


Crisis Prevention

The best way to avoid a mental health crisis is to take preventative measures to hopefully keep it from happening in the first place. Here at Davis Behavioral Health, we believe that education and mental health treatment are important tools that can help reduce future crises. Follow-up is extremely important after a crisis, so we make sure our mental health crisis team checks in with those they’ve worked with.

We encourage anyone in Davis County who may be dealing with mental health or even just stressful life situations to find support and develop the coping skills necessary to prevent mental health crises when possible.

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