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National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Crisis - Be prepared, plan ahead.

IF YOU FEEL SUICIDAL, CALL 911 OR 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Link: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/Default.aspx

IF THE INDIVIDUAL WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS IS;

  1. in danger of physical injury,
  2. out of control,
  3. talking about suicide,
  4. posing a threat to the safety of other persons,

YOU NEED TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS

If you feel there is a danger to any person, either call 911 for help in assessing

the seriousness of the situation or seek assistance from local law enforcement officers.

Always request a CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINED TEAM ( CIT )

Police officer's who have been trained for mental health crisis.

Northern Illinois Hospitals serving Boone and Winnebago Counties.

Contact:

Rockford Memorial Hospital - Behavioral Medicine Unit

815 971 6350  - 24 hours crisis line  

2400 North Rockton Ave.  RFD

Swedish American Hospital - Mental Health Unit

815 966-2273 - 24 hours crisis line

1401 East State St.  RFD

Rosecrance Triage Center is a living room setting for individuals who may be in need of mental health service.

WHO SHOULD COME TO THE TRIAGE CENTER?

  1. Adults 18 years and older
  2. Nonviolent and medically stable, not under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  3. Struggling with mental health issues

Call 815 968-9300 - Ask to speak with to a Triage Center Nurse.  

Rosecrance Triage Center is located at 526 W. State St.  RFD

Call ahead if possible.  

Plan and consult ahead of time with a mental health professional or with the Behavioral and Mental Health Services at your local mental health center or nearest hospital,  so that you will know how to obtain services when you need them. Keep a list of important information by the telephone.

WATCH FOR EARLY WARNING SIGNS

Occasionally, everyone has a bad day. If you sense a deterioration in a relative’s mental condition, try to find out what is going on. There are usually early warning signs that signal problems, such as: changes in sleep or social activities, increasing hostility or suspiciousness.  Try to get the family member with a mental illness to see a psychiatrist or social worker. The objective is to avert a crisis.

Have the family member’s medical information on hand.

If you should need to phone for help, have with you written information about the family member’s diagnosis, medications, and the specific event or behavior that caused you concern. It may be useful to have several copies to give to the police and to mental health professionals.

Remember, no one is at fault in a mental health crisis.

Family members may be at a loss as to how to react when someone they love is in crisis.  Remember that the illness is no one’s fault, nor is it the fault of the person who is in crisis.  Most mental illnesses are considered to be biochemical disorders of the brain diagnosed by their symptoms.

SOME THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO IN A CRISIS:

EVALUATE THE SITUATION:

Call your local NAMI support group for assistance with taking these steps.

If your relative is seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not real, do not argue, deny or reason with him at this time.  Instead, assure him that you love him, understand that what he is experiencing is real to him, and that you want to help him.

THE WARM LINE: PEER AND FAMILY - SUPPORT BY PHONE

• Call: 1 (866) 359-7953 - Select “The Warm Line”

• TTY: 1 (866) 880-4459

For a “warm line” need – not sure if you are in crisis or not – staffed by www.IllinoisMentalHealthCollaborative.com:

The Warm Line is staffed by trained professionals who have experienced mental health recovery in their own lives. It provides:

• Emotional Support

• Recovery Education

• Self Advocacy Support

The Warm Line is not a crisis hotline, but is based on the concept that sometimes what is needed most in difficult times is someone to talk to, who will listen and understand.

• Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, except holidays

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