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It can be hard to know how to handle a crisis when you have moments to respond. Just as CPR can be critical in the first moments following a heart attack, knowing how to respond to a person experiencing a mental health crisis can save a life.

When a person has thoughts of suicide or indicates risk of causing harm to self or others, it is essential to seek help immediately. It's not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide: It's a cry for help. Treat it as an emergency.

You can be prepared to respond to the situation if you know how to recognize the warning signs, what to do, and who to call.

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The information on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. We do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, mental health providers, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on this site. Reliance on any information provided herein is solely at your own risk.

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