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Guide to Navigating a Mental Health Crisis

NAMI’s Guide to Navigating a Mental Health Crisis provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones.

Getting Answers When You Need Them

It’s important to address a mental health emergency quickly and effectively.  Crises can occur even when treatment plans have been followed and mental health professionals are involved.

NAMI created this guide so people experiencing mental health emergencies and their loved ones can have the answers and information they need immediately.

Download the Guide to Navigating A Mental Health Crisis

Inside the Guide:

  • Understanding mental illness
  • Understanding mental health crises
    • Warning Signs of a Mental Health Crisis
    • When the Crisis Involves the Risk of Suicide
    • What To Do If You Suspect Someone is Thinking About Suicide
  • What to do during a crisis
    • Techniques to Help De-escalate a Crisis
    • Medical Response/Emergency Department
    • Law Enforcement Response
    • Family Reactions
  • What to expect from mental health treatment
    • Confidentiality
    • Types of Treatment
    • Types of Health Care Professionals Involved in Mental Health Treatment
    • Complementary Health Approaches
    • Creating an Effective Discharge Plan
    • After a Crisis
  • Advocating for treatment
    • Personal Advocacy
    • Public Advocacy
    • Legislative Advocacy
  • Portable Crisis Plan Workbook

Download the following infographics to share with others. They cover warning signs, what to do if you expect someone is thinking about suicide and how to prepare for a crisis. These printable resources are a great way to spread awareness about what to do in a crisis.

Warning Signs of a Mental Health Crisis
Preparing for a Crisis
What to do In a Mental Health Crisis
What to do If You Suspect Someone is Thinking About Suicide
Making a Crisis Plan
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