If you’re in a mental health crisis, talk to someone ASAP
If you are in a mental health crisis, it’s important to talk to someone as soon as possible.
If you are able, call a friend or someone else to tell them you are struggling. The key is to talk with someone as soon as possible about what’s going on with you. You can do this in person or by phone, or by sending an email, or text. You might say something like, “I’m badly depressed . . . and feel like I can’t hold on any longer” or “I’m extremely anxious, angry, and ready to explode.” Tell the person whatever you are feeling. Please remember this: when people are depressed or in a frightening, chaotic situation, they often don’t have the energy to make a call or go to a hospital. Isolating often seems like the safest route in their mind.
But, in a crisis, it’s critical to force yourself to talk with someone who’s safe, non-judgmental, and encouraging. Reaching out is a crucial step that gives you hope and can even save your life. So, the first thing to do in your meltdown is to call, email, or text your therapist, doctor or a friend . . . or go to a hospital emergency room—ASAP.
If you are suicidal, please call an emergency hotline like National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress. It also provides prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. If you don’t want to make a call, go to a local hospital emergency room and tell them what’s going on.
Action Step: Determine who you can call, text, or email today. Put their contact information in your wallet, purse, or cell phone for future use—because when disaster strikes, even the smartest people can’t remember key phone numbers of friends or other important contacts.
This is an excerpt from my book, 9 Critical Steps to Take in a Mental Health Crisis. To find out more, please click here.