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What makes a situation a crisis?

A crisis happens when someone feels desperate, hopeless or alone, with no one to turn to.

A crisis is present if someone has made a plan to hurt themselves or someone else, if they have a way to hurt themselves or someone else or if they have previously tried to hurt themselves or complete suicide.

If these statements are true about your child or teen, you need to access help right now. Go to “Need Help Now?” at the top of the page for more information.


Getting help

Seek emergency help immediately if your child or teen reports having suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming yourself or others.

You should also seek help right away if your child or teen:

  • Is having trouble with alcohol or drug use, or has other mental health symptoms.

  • If their symptoms could be linked to a physical health problem.

  • Reports trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, loss of appetite, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, extreme mood changes or other concerning symptoms.

  • Can’t explain the symptoms as being related to normal stresses of life.

For more places to get help, visit Getting Help or click on Need Help Now? on this page.