Coping With Crisis

Are Coping with a Crisis? Here are some helpful resources and truths.... 

What if I am feeling suicidal?

If you need immediate help or
If you are having thoughts of death or suicide,
Call NOW
if you need immediate assistance call 911

or go to a hospital emergency room.


Suicidal thoughts are temporary. Suicide is permanent. 

Don’t give in to suicidal thoughts— you can overcome them!

Your feelings of forever hopelessness are not the truth. When you feel this way, it may be an illness talking.  The truth is your mind is lying to you. Remind yourself that suicidal thoughts are not reality.  Suicide doesn't 'solve' anything or make things go away.  Whether you realize it or not, you are loved, you are needed, you will be missed! 

If you are thinking of suicide, it is important to recognize these thoughts for what they are: expressions of a treatable medical illness. They are not true and they are not your fault. For example people who have diabetes, or heart problems have to get help to keep them healthy, make them feel better and enjoy their life. Don’t let fear, shame or embarrassment stand in the way of communication with your physician, therapist, family, or friends; tell someone right away.

Tell a trusted family member, friend, or other support person,
someone you can talk with honestly. Try not to be alone when you feel this way. This may mean sitting quietly with a family member or friend, going to a support group or going to a hospital.

Get help. Tell your health care professional.
Suicidal thinking can be treated. When suicidal thoughts occur, they are your signal that, more than ever, you need help from a professional.

Know that you can get through this.
Promise yourself you will hold on for another day, hour, minute, or whatever you can manage.

If you are feeling "out of control", it's important to seek help immediately
---even if you are not having suicidal thoughts.

How can I be prepared for a crisis?  

This is helpful information to have anytime, for anyone. Often, crises happen without warning, and the best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to make a crisis-plan list for yourself, a friend, or a family member. This list should be shared with everyone you choose. Briefly describe the kind of help you (or your loved one) would like to receive if you have severe depressive or manic symptoms.


  1. Doctor(s)’ name(s) and contact information

  2. Contact information of support group and other trusted friends/family members

  3. Other health problems and medications

  4. Allergies to/intolerance of any medication

  5. Insurance or Medicaid information and preferred treatment facilities

  6. Things that might trigger an episode, such as life events, travel, physical illness or work stress

  7. Warning signs such as talking very fast, paranoia, lack of sleep, slowed down movement, excessive alcohol or drug use

  8. Things people can say that are calming and reassuring

  9. Things people should do in crisis such as take away car keys and lock up anything dangerous such as weapons and medications

  10. Things emergency staff can do, such as explain things, talk slowly, observe personal space, or write things

  11. Reasons life is worthwhile and recovery is important

How should I talk to a person in crisis?

*       Stay calm. Talk slowly and use reassuring tones.

*       Realize you may have trouble communicating with your loved one. Ask simple questions. Repeat them if necessary, using the same words each time.

*       Don’t take your loved one’s actions or hurtful words personally.

*       Say, “I’m here. I care. I want to help. How can I help you?”

*       Don’t say, “Snap out of it,” “Get over it,” or “Stop acting crazy.”

*       Don’t handle the crisis alone. Call family, friends, neighbors, people from your place of worship or people from a local support group to help you.

*       Don’t threaten to call 911 unless you intend to. When you call 911, police and/or an ambulance are likely to come to your house. This may make your loved one more upset, so use 911 only when you or someone else is in immediate danger.


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