When a mental health crisis occurs, individuals and families don’t always know where to turn. The suggestions in this section are possible responses to a crisis and are not intended to replace or substitute for professional medical advice. We advise you to check with your medical provider for help in a specific situation. Call or text 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline to speak with a trained counselor. Please call 911 if someone is a danger to themselves or others.
How to Navigate a Mental Health Crisis
The "How to Navigate a Mental Health Crisis" workshop was offered by the Hope for Mental Health Initiative of Saddleback Church in cooperation with NAMI_OC. This training will give you the tools to recognize the precipitating events leading up to a crisis, what you need to know to help yourself or your loved one through the crisis, how to follow up afterwards, as well as ways to connect with on-going support.
Click HERE to follow along with the workshop PowerPoint.
Download the workshop packet HERE, which includes Orange County, CA emergency numbers as well as a description of the various types of mental health treatment and levels of care available in the United States.
Click HERE to download the NAMI Minnesota Navigating a Mental Health Crisis brochure.
Portable Health Record
During a period of mental stability, it’s helpful to create a short personal medical record that contains past mental health medical treatments (including hospitalizations), names, and contact information for physicians, medications, and dates of treatment, along with any medication reactions and/or treatment outcomes. Emergency contacts can be included, as well as other pertinent health conditions and medications that might affect what mental health treatment is offered in an emergency. Click HERE to download this free tool.
The information contained on this website is drawn from a variety of sources about mental illness; however it is not a comprehensive study and the information is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool. Through this website you are able to link to other websites - each website is independently operated and is responsible for the information contained on their site. We cannot endorse everything contained on the individual sites, but we hope the information will be useful.