If you need help now, but you are not in immediate danger, you have support.
Text ‘HELLO’ to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Lifeline.
For LGBTQIA+ youth under 25, get 24/7 crisis intervention & suicide prevention lifeline support with The Trevor Project. Text ‘START’ to 678678 or dial (866) 488-7386.
A mental health crisis is when an individual’s behavior puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others, and/or when that person is not able to resolve their situation with their own skills and resources available to them.
Some signs that you may be experiencing a mental health crisis include:
If you call 9-1-1 during a mental health crisis, inform the dispatcher that you believe a person with a mental illness is involved. Some police departments will have Crisis Intervention Officers and Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams, or PERT officers, who are trained to deal with mental health crises.
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