The NHS have “crisis teams” which you can call/go and see if you are having a crisis.
But what is a crisis?
My doctor once said if things get any worse I should call them.
How are you meant to know whether you should call or not?
I don’t want to waste their time. Even at my lowest points, all I could think was: This is not a crisis. There are people who need the help more than me. I’d just be wasting their time. They would be angry with me for wasting their time. I’m not worth their help anyway. And what could they possibly do to help??
So I didn’t call them.
This all got me thinking, what is a crisis? What are the NHS Crisis teams for?
So I consulted Mind’s website - http://www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/8038_the_mind_guide_to_crisis_services
And this is what it says about crises:
Mental health crises include:
- suicidal behaviour or intention
- panic attacks/extreme anxiety
- psychotic episodes (loss of sense of reality, hallucinations, hearing voices)
- other behaviour that seems out of control or irrational and that is likely to endanger yourself or others.
And who can help in a crisis?
Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment (CRHT) teams
- usually includes a psychiatrist, mental health nurses, social workers and support workers.
Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) are teams of mental health professionals who support people with ongoing mental health problems living in the community.
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But this still doesn’t really answer my question: When is a crisis a crisis?!