In the case of a Mental Health Crisis, DO NOT call 911.
Mental Health Mindset
Unfortunately, we can’t depend on 911 for a mental health crisis. I’m exhausted with seeing hashtags requesting justice or RIP of unarmed individuals experiencing mental health crisis. A 12 year old child with Autism spectrum disorder experiencing a crisis was shot by the police. By God’s grace he survived.
As a mother of a black son, on the Autism spectrum and with loc’s in his hair this breaks my heart. My son has locs because he becomes over stimulated when trying to brush or comb his hair. He can not tolerate the sensation. My baby didn’t choose his beautiful caramel skin. And Austim spectrum disorder was God’s plan.
My son is so sweet, loving and he just wants hugs. He sometimes hugs and loves on strangers. But I can’t help but wonder if he makes any kind of mistake, error, or accident; will he be viewed as having DIFFICULTIES or being DIFFICULT. This is something I carry daily. But there is hope.
Hope comes in the form of knowledge and education. We must make a conscious effort to learn. We must seek out information on things we don’t understand. But most of all, we must change the way we view mental health. We have to see mental health illness like we do all other illnesses! Because mental health is HEALTH!
If you can’t breathe or having a heart attack, you want an AMBULANCE and PHYSICIAN not the police. Do NOT call 911, Call the primary care physician or Go to the HOSPITAL!!!
Changes in mental status may be caused by a medical condition. Such as a stroke! So the hospital is always a better option than 911. Or if you call 911 request an ambulance and state that it’s a MEDICAL Emergency. Please see mental health resources below. Please educate yourself. Remember mental health is HEALTH!
Mental Health America
Call 1-800-273-TALK or text MHA to 741741 if you or someone else are in crisis.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat(link is external)
****Please be mindful if a weapon is involved, and/or the person is an immediate danger to self or others this would be indications for 911. However; I personally would first attempt for someone the person in crisis trust to try to deescalate the situation. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #national #help #health #crisis #RIP #patrickwarrensr