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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Typically, those with strong coping mechanisms are better able to prevent crisis. However, those living with a mental illness may not have those same tools to be able to manage intense life stressors.
For adults in crisis, Davis Behavioral Health utilizes a Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT). This mental health crisis team operates 24/7. One mental health therapist and one family resource facilitator respond to both mental health and substance use crises within 30 minutes—either by phone or in person.
For children in crisis, we send a Stabilization and Mobile Response (SMR) team. This is comprised of one mental health therapist and one peer/case manager who provide services 24/7. 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 SMR.
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.
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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