What is a mental health crisis?

Experiencing a mental health crisis can look different for different people but it can include:

  • Being at risk of harm to self or others
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Flashbacks or nightmares of past experiences
  • Feeling suicidal
  • Feelings of wanting to self-harm, or acting on these feelings 
  • Feeling extremely high, fearing others want to harm you, or hearing voices
  • Withdrawing from friends and family 
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Not being able to think about other things

A mental health crisis can occur because of triggers such as bereavement, addiction, relationship breakdown, work related stress, exams - anything that can heighten stress and can feel like a lot to deal with. Someone might have an existing mental health condition and experience a mental health crisis, or it can be something they have never experienced before. It is usually very frightening for the person experiencing the crisis and those around them. 

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