Being in crisis is frightening, and it’s hard to know who to turn too or even trust. You wonder what a crisis is? Reaching a Mental health crisis means you could be putting yourself or others in harms way. You feel your behaviour is out of control, your potentially suicidal, you could be severely anxious or having panic attacks, self harming or hallucinations in severe cases. All extremely very unpleasant. At the times I tried to take my own life, out of sheer desperation that was my crisis. If I had known what help I could have sought maybe it may not have got that far- but I was a teenager and even then I may not of sought help. I was also extremely frightened due to my home life at the time. My way out you would call it.
Crisis means you need help, its serious as it can get in terms of mental health. I found I would just shut down. My thoughts were dangerous, how I felt was awful I had a horrible sense of paranoia. Unfortunately many people who get to this point are too frightened to get help maybe fear of being shamed or turned away. It’s an isolating feeling.
There are ways to seek urgent help. You can call for an ambulance, this might seem drastic but they have a duty of care and it’s safer for you to be in a hospital than being on your own ( this service should be used if you really feel you may harm yourself or you have harmed yourself) There is the Samaritans- this is a charity run phone line where there is somebody at the end of the phone to chat too. They too can send an ambulance if your unable too or frightened to call 999 out of worry using the ambulance or if they feel you are going to harm yourself. To you this is your emergency, calling 111 is also available too. There is the charity called Mind that have help pages available too when your in a crisis. You will also have the crisis team number if your already under mental health care. I will share all of these and helpful links at the bottom.
No matter how you feel there is somebody to help you, not judge you. If you think your suffering with mental health disorder contact your GP, as primary care they should asses you and decide on what portal of treatment is needed. Medication is usually one of them, commonly SSRI’s but this depends on your condition you have been diagnosed with. There is always something there to help you back on your feet, it’s took me 17 years to figure this out, 17 years of heavy shoulders, of pain and anguish.
Always remember it is not your FAULT to why you feel the way you do, and your not alone. If you can confide in a family member or a close friend. Don’t be ashamed. Below I have included some websites that may be useful.