What to do if Someone is Heading Towards a Mental Health Crisis
Early intervention – what should I do when I suspect someone is becoming unwell?
Often carers are able to identify when the person they are caring for is becoming unwell. To prevent the risk of relapse or crisis, it is important to intervene early by being mindful of any changes in the person’s behaviour or condition and establish whether professional help is required. If you feel that the person you are caring for is heading for a relapse or crisis, it is important to discuss this with them as well as their treatment provider, such as a case manager, Community Mental Health Team, GP or a therapist. You can also contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 if you feel unsure about the appropriate service to contact. These services can assist you in identifying early signs and can help you in developing a crisis intervention plan to help you in preventing from things getting worse or reducing the effects of a crisis on the person or their family and carer.