Before a Mental Health Crisis Arises, Be Prepared

When you or a loved one suffer with a mental illness, planning is essential. Your crisis plan should involve other family members, your local public authorities, crisis workers, and professional assistance. You should always have the following mental health emergency information packet available. Make multiple copies and keep them at several places in your home or in the homes of friends or relatives where the mentally ill person frequently resides or visits.

When a crisis arises, the responding authorities likely will not know the person or their past the way that you do. Therefore, it is important that you be able to provide them vital information. Providing this information can make the difference in the outcome of the emergency call. Specifically, it can assist the responding authority in determining that the person should be taken to a health facility instead of to jail.