NAMI: Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Resource Type: Website or Webpage Article
Focus Population: Family Members, Peers, Youth, Youth of Transition Age
Topics: Crisis Response System, Homelessness, Housing Support, Mental Health Treatment, Mobile Crisis Unit, Post-discharge, Community Reentry, Psychiatric or Mental Health Stabilization, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders, Suicide Prevention, Trauma-informed
When mental illness is present, the potential for crisis is never far from mind. Crisis episodes related to mental illness can feel incredibly overwhelming. There’s the initial shock, followed by a flood of questions — the most prominent of which is: “What can we do?” People experiencing mental illness — and the people who care for them — need information. However, that information is not always readily available and the search for answers may require more energy and persistence than possible in times of crisis. “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency” (Crisis Guide) provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis, available resources and so much more.