Category Archives: mental health crisis

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Thetford Taser Death Highlights Need for More Mobile Mental Health Crisis Teams | Seven Days

Thetford Taser Death Highlights Need for More Mobile Mental Health Crisis Teams | Seven Days.

This article emphasizes the importance of partnership between law enforcement and community mental health providers.  Crisis intervention training should be mandatory for all law enforcement, and law enforcement should be able to consult with or call out mental health crisis workers when needed.  Unfortunately, it takes a tragedy for state government to release funding for these sorts of initiatives.


SAMHSA Reports 4.9 Million Drug Related Emergency Room Visits in 2010

 

 

A report issued by the Drug Abuse Warning Network reports 4.9 million drug related emergency room visits in 2010.  Of these visits, approximately half were attributed to drug misuse or abuse. Pain Relievers such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and other narcotics were the most frequently abused or misused.  Misuse of anti-anxiety medications and prescription sleep aids also resulted in a high number of emergency room admissions.  Alcohol use accounted for half a million emergency room admissions in 2010.

Crisis workers responding to emergency rooms should be reviewing lab reports, Blood Alcohol Levels, and Drug screens whenever possible.  Having illegal substances on board, or misuse of prescribed drugs, can contribute to altered mental status, suicidal threats and gestures, and exacerbation of other mental health problems.  At times, detoxification may be the more appropriate option for the individual in crisis, rather than hospitalization on a psychiatric unit.

Accurate information regarding an individual’s substance use is imperative in order to effectively triage a crisis.


JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors


Last line of defense: Law enforcement response to suicide calls a matter of life and death » Naples Daily News

Last line of defense: Law enforcement response to suicide calls a matter of life and death » Naples Daily News.


NAMI Report on Veteran’s Mental Health

NAMI’s report just begins to scratch the surface.  It does a nice job identifying the problem, but offers little in solutions.


ABQJournal Online » First Aid for an Emotional Crisis

Mental Health First Aid is a great course for the layperson.

ABQJournal Online » First Aid for an Emotional Crisis.