If you have come to this page because you are experiencing a mental health crisis, or you have a loved one that you are deeply concerned may harm themselves or someone else, do not wait for an appointment.
In this post I will offer resources for immediate assistance.
*Note: The information in this article is focused on resources in the state of Pennsylvania; however, many are nationally available.
What is a mental health crisis?
There are many behaviors that could be a sign that you or someone in your life is experiencing a mental health crisis. These include, but are not limited to suicidal thoughts, self-harm, rapid changes in mood, abusive behaviors, paranoia, loss of touch with reality, and an inability to complete activities of daily living.
You are not alone.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, no matter how deep the emotional pain is, you are not alone. Keep in mind that how you feel right now, is not permanent and emotions can change.
Here are a few things you can do in this moment to keep yourself safe:
Pause and take a few breaths.
Remove any objects or weapons that you could use to harm yourself from your home and/or immediate surroundings.
Do not use alcohol or other recreational drugs.
Share your thoughts and feelings with a trusted person in your life or contact one of the resources listed in the following section.
If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself call 911.
Remember that you are worthy of feeling well and that you can get through this, as many survivors have before.
Where can I get immediate help?
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis these are Pennsylvania and nationally available resources that can help immediately:
If you are in an immediate risk of harming or endangering yourself or someone else call 911 immediately. Tell the operator that you are calling about a mental health crisis.
Numbers to call for help now:
If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or for Español: 1-888-628-9454 for support now.
If you are in Pennsylvania, you can call 211 for the Mental Health Crisis Line.
Call 855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600) for the Pennsylvania’s Support & Referral Helpline to be linked with local mental health resources.
Would you rather text?
Get help 24/7 from the Crisis Text Line. Text PA to 741741 to speak with someone now.
Websites that provide resources and support
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
National Alliance on Mental Health: https://nami.org/help
Mental Health Screening from Mental Health America:
Pennsylvania State Mental Health Resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/mental-health
PA 211 Mental Health Crisis Line Look Up: https://www.pa211.org/get-help/crisis-hotlines/mental-health-crisis-lines/.
Help is available. Reach out today.
Meghan Morley, LPC
Owner & Licensed Professional Counselor
Cognitive Pursuits LLC