If your own mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re in some crisis or despair or you’re worried someone you know is in big trouble help is available. It’s important to get help timely and quickly. You just have to take some step at right time so that you can prevent things from getting worst.

Everyone hope emergency and crisis situations never arise, but they do.  Symptoms of psychiatric illness can be worse at times.  This happens when people are doing their best to manage their illness, too. Experiencing worsening symptoms for a short period of time is a normal part of the recovery process. Sometimes we need outside help when symptoms become worse. Some people may also need urgent emergency help if they’re at risk of hurting themselves or others. Fortunately, we can take steps to help control mental health crises and emergencies. There may be times when you have to deal with aggressive behaviour, are worried about your safety or aren’t able to locate your family member. Crisis and emergency situations are often confusing and frightening. There are things you can do to prepare and to respond when a situation occurs.

Recognizing potential warning signs

  • talking about death or suicide
  • pre-occupation with death
  • depression
  • hopelessness
  • alcohol and drug misuse
  • low self-esteem
  • bereavement
  • break-up of relationship
  • changes in behaviour
  • previous history of suicide attempts or family
  • self-loathing or self-hatred
  • getting affairs in order
  • social isolation
  • self-destructive behaviour
  • sudden sense of calm or appearing very up-beat following a period of depression


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