When a behavioral health crisis occurs, it’s important to know what steps to take to ensure someone stays safe and gets the needed help. Below are questions and tactics to help manage the situation and inform health care or law enforcement officials.
Is someone suicidal or depressed?
- Ask directly if they are suicidal, if there is a specific plan and if they have access to this plan. Ensure they are safe and ask if someone is with them.
Does the situation involve drugs or alcohol?
- What behaviors is the person exhibiting?
- What did they take or use and how much did they consume?
- Is the person aggressive or suicidal?
- Are they vomiting or seizing?
Are they exhibiting bizarre or aggressive behavior?
- Has the person behaved in a manner that would inflict harm? Have they made any threats? If so, what is the nature of the threats?
- Has the person consumed alcohol or drugs?
- Are they taking any medications?
- Is the person hearing, seeing or smelling anything unusual?
- Does the person appear to be talking to themselves?
- Do they appear frightened, angry, agitated or depressed?