What is a mental health crisis?

In an emergency call 000 or visit your local emergency department.

A mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s behaviour puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others and or prevents them from being able to care for themselves or function effectively in the community.

Treat this as you would a medical crisis, get the person to the nearest hospital or call an ambulance/ police if they are unable or unwilling to get to the hospital.

Anyone that may be going through a mental health crisis may experience guilt, anger, or grief. It is important to address a mental health emergency quickly and effectively. Some individuals who are dealing with a mental health illness may not exhibit any warning signs. Please remember no one is to blame, not the person or the family.

Any talk of suicide MUST always be taken seriously. If someone has attempted suicide before the risk is even greater.

There is 24 hours support available by showing up at the nearest emergency department in your area or by phone which is free and confidential.