This page is here to assist the congregation in learning more about mental illness. This section covers mental health conditions and potential resources for the treatment of conditions such as schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, OCD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, addiction and others.
The organizations to the right are a small sampling of the resources available.
Mt Zion does not advocate for any specific organization, because your individual needs are a private matter between you and your mental health specialist.
When you live with a mental health condition, your brain and body often send you a message that makes you feel like you are in a crisis situation. But sometimes you may find yourself in a dangerous situation.
For our purposes here, a crisis might mean getting in trouble with the law or injuring yourself accidentally or on purpose. It's also a crisis situation if you find yourself developing a plan to take your own life or are considering hurting others.
Evaluate The Situation
What is the nature of your crisis? Is it something that requires treatment urgently?
If you have developed a plan to kill yourself, that's an immediate mental health crisis and you should go to a hospital emergency room or call 911.
If you're not sure if it's urgent, ask yourself if you have already thought about what method you would use. If you've thought about where, how or when you would take your life, that means you've begun developing a plan.
If you're still hesitating, ask a friend or family member to stay with you while you may be at risk. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 as soon as possible. They have trained counselors available to speak with you 24/7 and assist in a crisis situation.
And get in touch with your mental health professionals. Tell professionals and the people around you what's going on and get their advice. You don’t need to be sworn to secrecy.
Avoiding A Crisis
If you live with a mental health condition, it's important to plan ahead. Talk with your treatment team can think about where to go for intensive treatment and how to get there, how to take time off work or explain your absence to others, and what methods you can use to calm yourself in an emergency.
Above all, you and those closest to you should know how to reach your mental health professionals in case of an emergency. It's also valuable to know the phone number of a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), if your area has one. CIT officers are police officers trained to handle crisis situations involving mental illness.
If your health condition has grown worse recently, but you are not having thoughts of suicide, it could mean that you need to seek help or make changes to your treatment plan if you are already receiving treatment.