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What is a mental health emergency?

Written by Healthy Living

According to “Mental Health Emergencies: A Guide to Recognizing and Handling Mental Health Crises,” it comes about when one has lost the ability to think, feel, and relate to others. This book was written as a guide for first responders who often feel at a loss about what to do with a patient who exhibits mental health problems. However, everyone needs to be aware of possible symptoms of mental illness:
• Inability to sleep, restlessness
• Feeling “blue,” hopeless, or helpless most of the time
• Concentration problems that impede basic thinking and ability to recall, or interfere with relationships, work, or home life
• Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope with difficult emotions
• Negative or self-destructive thoughts or fears you can’t control
• Thoughts of self-harm, including suicide or death
The National Suicide Prevention Line is available to help 24 hours a day with trained crisis workers available. Call 1.800.273.8255. “Mental Health Emergencies” is available from

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  • The best thing to do in such scenarios is to consult a professional health care provider. People who have been experiencing negative or suicidal thoughts should reach out to someone closer or to a counselor.

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