If you are suspecting a family member or a friend is suffering from a crisis, you can be of help.
Mental health problems are prevalent in the U.S., affecting millions of people every year. However, only a few get treatment from mental health experts. Without intervention, mental problems can lead to a mental crisis.
Examples of mental health crisis include eating disorders, trauma, alcohol abuse, depression, and suicidal schemes.
Signs of Emotional Crisis
Sudden behavioral changes are an indication that a person is suffering from a mental crisis. Some signs to watch out for include the following:
- A change in sleeping habits
- Weight loss or gain
- A decline in school or work performance
- Mood changes
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Withdrawal from relationships and routine activities
How You Can Help
Now that you know the signs of emotional crisis, it’s important to know how to help the victim once you spot them. Don’t wait for the worse to happen. Here are ways that you can be of help:
- Lend Your Ear
Reach out, listen, and speak in a non-judgmental way. Be calm and show that you are more willing to listen than talk. Also, stick to reality and don’t criticize the victim.
- Seek Help from a Professional
Encourage your friend or family to speak to a psychologist. You can help him/her understand that psychologists are experts in treating and understanding complex behavioral and emotional problems.
Help a loved one overcome the crisis he/she is going through as soon as possible.