A mental health crisis is serious situation in which a person is experiencing intense emotional and psychiatric responses to an event. During the crisis, the person may be:

  • Agitated and upset
  • At risk of harm to themselves or others
  • Compromised emotionally
  • Disoriented
  • Experiencing suicidal ideation

If left alone or untreated, a mental health crisis may become a mental health emergency.

During a mental health crisis, a person:

  • Often thinks about or discusses suicide
  • May engage in acts of self-harm
  • May self-medicate with drugs or alcohol
  • May engage in erratic or risky behaviors
  • May become emotionally unstable, distraught, or depressed

The event leading to a mental health crisis will be distinct for each person, and feels very overwhelming for that person.