Understanding Crisis: Behaviors, Best Practices, and Providing Support

Kinder Mind

06-10-2023 • 44 mins

What if you had the knowledge to identify a mental health crisis and the ability to step in at the right time? Join us in this heart-to-heart with Teele Becerra, LCSW, an expert on crisis intervention, and learn to recognize the signs of a mental health crisis, from panic attacks to suicidal thoughts. We explore the importance of creating a safe environment for those in crisis and early intervention's crucial role in preventing severe outcomes.

Navigating the world of mental health can be challenging, especially when a friend or family member is in crisis. Teal offers her insightful perspective on respecting an individual's autonomy, balancing it with the need for intervention, and setting boundaries to maintain our own mental health. We challenge the misconceptions around mental health, helping pave the way to more understanding and less stigma.

In the final part of our conversation, we focus on the importance of seeking help during a crisis and discuss resources such as the Crisis Text Line (988). We explore the role of acceptance in the healing process and discuss the significance of prescribed medication as a sign of safety. Further, we delve into the personal choice of medication in context of ADHD and tackle the stigma around this. Teal shares her thoughts on the power of social media as a platform for discussions on mental health and how to access free 24-hour crisis services. Turn the volume up for an enlightening episode that could well be the turning point for someone in need.

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