Thursday, July 11, 2013

Crisis Plan - Mental Health Awareness Retreat

So you're feeling like things are spiraling down quickly and you're feeling out of control. What to do? What to do?

Here is a list of things you can do when your feeling like that:

1. Use your coping skills that you have learned. Apply what works for you. It may be breathing techniques, grounding, removing yourself from a triggered place, meditating, exercising, and/or other methods.

2. Phone, Text, IM, Email, Talk to a Friend or Family Member. Sometimes talking things out and figuring out productive solutions is all you may need. Seeing that there IS! options available to you and realizing you are not as limited and helpless as you thought you might be.

3. See a doctor, Therapist, Psychiatrist and/or Counselor. Nothing wrong with asking for help. They are equipped to provide you with professional help if needed. If you are feeling a little worry about seeing a doctor that doesn't suit you, just remember you have the rights to switch doctors however many times you want until you feel safe and comfortable with one.

4. Call a Hotline. If you feel you have no one to speak to around you and your still worried about going to see a professional, you can call a hotline. It is free and anonymous. Visit our Resources page to find some hotline numbers near you. Hotlines can provide you with resources tailored to your needs.

5. Go to the ER. If you feel unsafe to yourself and/or others go to the emergency room. Sometimes you might need a change of medication and the ER can help you with this while other times you just need a professional doctor to help and listen to you until you can see your own doctor, therapist, counselor or psychiatrist who is treating you. It might even be your first time to the ER and you will find that the doctors can help give you resources and numbers of where to find help. Just because you go to the emergency room it does not mean you will be admitted, unless of course you need to be. But in that case, would't you rather be safe to yourself and/or others and get proper treatment and help?

6. Use the Emergency Number (It varies between countries. Ex. USA is 911). If you feel you are a danger to yourself and/or others and need help immediately, don't hesitate to call. When the police arrives their main goal is to take you safely to the hospital where you will get proper treatment and help.

***LEGAL DISCLAIMER: the information provided is not intended to replace any professional help. Discretion is advised. I am not a professional nor pertaining to act as such. The information given was gather from personal experience and educational resource.

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