For life threatening emergencies, call 911.
A mental health emergency is a life threatening situation in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function, or is otherwise distraught and out of control.
Examples of a Mental Health Emergency include:
- Acting on a suicide threat
- Homicidal or threatening behavior
- Self-injury needing immediate medical attention
- Severely impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Highly erratic or unusual behavior that indicates very unpredictable behavior and/or an inability to care for themselves.
Suggestions for What to Do in Case of a Mental Health Emergency-Call 911.
Mental Health Crisis
A mental health crisis is a non-life threatening situation in which an individual is exhibiting extreme emotional disturbance or behavioral distress, considering harm to self or others, disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a compromised ability to function, or is otherwise agitated and unable to be calmed.
Examples of a Mental Health Crisis include:
- Talking about suicide threats
- Talking about threatening behavior
- Self-injury, but not needing immediate medical attention
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Highly erratic or unusual behavior
- Eating disorders
- Not taking their prescribed psychiatric medications
- Emotionally distraught, very depressed, angry or anxious
Suggestions for What to Do in Case of a Mental Health Crisis
Help is available from the Colorado Department of Human Services at (303) 761-1977.