Please note: If there is immediate concern for your safety or the safety of others, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. The information provided below is not instructional nor medical or psychiatric advice. Please read our “Terms of Conditions” and “Medical Disclaimer.”
Therapy for Muslims, LLC recognizes the increasing number of risks to black men, individuals with disabilities and with mental health disorders becoming victims of police brutality. We understand the hesitation, fear and mistrust of police and how it feels increasingly scary to call 911 for help. This is an unfortunate situation fueled by multiple issues including white supremacy, lack of mental health training and financial and manpower strain on local behavioral health services for the community. You and your neighbors have the right to advocate for your community by demanding that police officers and EMTs be trained in mental health first aid in order to increase mental health awareness among first responders.
Please note: if there is immediate concern for your safety or the safety of others, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please know that there is always help:
Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you are concerned for your immediate safety or the safety of others.
It can be scary when someone tells you they are having thoughts of suicide. You may not be sure what to do, which is understandable. We have put together a list of key actions you can take.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE OUTLINE OF WHAT TO DO.
Please read the following links to get a better understanding of what you can do if someone discloses that they are suicidal.
If the person discloses that they do not have a plan but are having thoughts:
If the person discloses that they have a plan or have attempted suicide:
Mental health crises are not just when someone says they will harm themselves and/or others. You can also call the mobile crisis team when someone is exhibiting other mental health symptoms that will make them harmful to themselves and or others if they deteriorate further.
If someone is getting increasingly verbally loud and aggressive and beginning to show physical aggression (especially if they have a history of physical aggression), refusing to eat or drink because they believe someone is poisoning their food or hiding in their room out of fear that someone is following them (without any sufficient evidence to confirm) are some examples of when you can call mobile crisis.
Remember, you can ALWAYS request a mobile crisis team for a wellness check. If you can involve other individuals to help you safely transport the person to the nearest emergency room without having to call 911, then you must make your decision based on your level of comfort and belief that you all will be safe during the ride to the hospital. If there is concern for the immediate safety of the person, yourself or others, then do not delay and call 911.
Please note: If there is immediate concern for your safety or the safety of others, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Each county of each state in the US has a mobile crisis team, or is in the process of assembling one, expanding their program and crisis intervention efforts/initiative. Canada also has mobile crisis teams at their distress/crisis centers. The mobile crisis team is available 24/7, 365 days a year and can come to any location to perform a mental health assessment and wellness check.
If they determine that the person is at imminent risk to themselves or others, the clinician with the crisis team will sign legal documents to have the adult transported to the nearest hospital for further assessment and hospitalization.
If the adult is not agreeable to going or is not able to make decisions for themselves due to their mental state, the clinician from the mobile crisis team will have to transport them on an involuntary status to the nearest hospital (specific legal documents must be filled out by them which will then be presented to a judge later). Sometimes police officers may accompany the mobile crisis team on the visit. Unfortunately, if there is resistance by the person, be aware the accompanying police officers may have to handcuff them or restrain them to transport them. This can be very distressing to witness, so be prepared.
If it is a child in crisis (under 18 years of age) and the parents are not agreeable to having the child be sent to the hospital despite the child being at risk of harming themselves or others, most states lean towards calling Child Protective Services as refusal by the parents can be considered child neglect. Please note, you can discuss this with the mobile crisis clinician when they arrive.
Each mobile crisis team has a different protocol, so it is best if you ask them about any concerns you may have, including if the police come with the team, when they will arrive and other related concerns. Find your local crisis team here.
They will also ask you your name and contact info and the name and contact info of the person in crisis. If you’re calling for yourself, have a friend or family member you trust with you for support.
Here are additional helpful resources you can read for important information on what to do in a crisis:
REMEMBER: if there is immediate danger and harm, call 911 immediately.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted:
If you know of a family member or friend in an abusive relationship you can learn more here: