Mental Health Crisis- Signs and Actions

Mental Health can be unpredictable.  But there are clues you should be aware of which could help identify a possible mental health crisis.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) these signs may include:

  • Inability to perform daily tasks such as eating and bathing
  • Rapid Mood Swings
  • Increased Agitation
  • Abusive Behavior which may include substance use or self harming
  • Isolation from work, school or social life
  • Loss of touch with reality- confused, hears voices
  • Paranoia

Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Giving away personal possessions
  • Talking as if saying goodbye
  • Taking steps to tie up loose ends
  • Changing will
  • Stockpiling pills or weapons
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Sudden cheerfulness or calm
  • Dramatic chnages in personality or mood
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Saying things like nothing matters anymore
  • Withdrawal from work, school or social life
  • Failed romantic relationship
  • Sense of utter hopelessness
  • History of suicide attempts and or family history of suicide attempts

If you see signs and the situation is life-threatening, call 911.  If you have time, call a mental health professional. Ascendant Behavioral Health Clinics can be reached at (801) 872-5516.