Resource Guide – Crisis Management

by KL on August 2, 2010

I’m feeling desperate and don’t know where to turn.

We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own.

Q. I am desperate and can’t go on any longer. Can anybody really help me now?

A. The best way to be able to manage a crisis is to develop a plan before you get into a desperate situation. Examine the problem areas in your life and find resources for help before you reach a crisis level. Contact the helpers you’ve identified when you feel desperate. If you are feeling suicidal go to our In Crisis page for instructions on what to do.

How to Manage a Crisis
The Crisis Management System
My crisis management system is based on five separate elements:

      (1) Build a Plan,
      (2) Get to Safety,
      (3) Get Help,
      (4) Manage the Crisis, and
      (5) Improve the System.

Although each element is separate, they all share some basic features. For example, #4 “Get Help” is pretty useless unless we set up a plan to get help in #1. Once you have all 5 parts moving smoothly you should have a useful crisis management tool.

Getting Help: Locate Services
If you are unsure where to go for help, talk to someone you trust who has experience in mental health—for example, a doctor, nurse, social worker, or religious counselor. Ask their advice on where to seek treatment.

Mental Health Services Locator
This Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. You can access this information in several ways by selecting a State or U.S. Territory from the map or drop-down menu.

If You’re Feeling Suicidal…Advice To Get You Through

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