What is a Mental Health Emergency/Crisis?
Anyone can experience a mental health crisis.
A mental health crisis means that you no longer feel able to cope, or be in control of your situation.
You may experience a mental health crisis for many reasons. Reasons could include:
- Relationship breakdown or difficulties
- Loss (of a loved one, job, home)
- Physical health issues
- Caring for another
- Violence and trauma
- Pressures from work or study
- An accident
- A natural disaster
- The onset of mental health issues
You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, can’t cope with day-to-day life or work, think about suicide or self-harm, or experience hallucinations and hearing voices.
A crisis can also be the result of a sudden deterioration of an existing mental health problem or an underlying medical condition.
It is vital that if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, that you receive the correct care as soon as possible.