A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life.
SIGNS YOU OR SOMEONE NEEDS HELP:
• Changes in Sleep
• Drinking More
• Reckless Behavior
• Getting Affairs in Order
• Making a Plan to Kill/Hurt Yourself
• Increased Anger or Anxiety
• Sudden Mood Changes
• Loss of Interest in Activities
• No Sense of Purpose
If you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.
Crisis Intervention Team.
Don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you know needs help.
Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step.
CIT Paramedic's learned about a variety of mental disorders and other disabilities, visit mental health facilities, and learned the concepts of crisis intervention while adhering to provider safety practice and policy. CIT Paramedic's are able to de-escalate potentially violent situations and ensure the safety and diversion of the mental health consumer to a treatment center. CIT Paramedic's trained to become more adept at dealing with mental health consumers, the developmentally disabled and individuals in crisis.
All our Community Paramedics are trained in Crisis Intervention.