Help for Myself

After the Crisis

After the Crisis

Make a Plan

After this crisis has passed, it is wise to make a plan for how to help things go better if there is another crisis.  Think about what may set off a crisis, warning signs, how to prepare and how to get support now.

How to prepare

No one wants to think about being in a mental health crisis, but planning ahead can save lives and support your recovery.

  1. Fill out the Portable Treatment Record with your family or supporters if possible. The best times are after a crisis or when things are going well, NOT when a crisis is building. Keep the record in a handy place and update as needed. If you cannot keep a formal record, notes of any kind can help.
  2. Consider getting peer support, including a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
  3. Invite your family member or supporter to meet with you and your mental health team to complete a crisis plan.
  4. Be kind, loving and respectful whenever you can, even when it’s hard.
  5. Tell your family members about NAMI Tennessee, the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Many communities across Tennessee also have a local NAMI affiliate. NAMI offers in-person or online support groups and education programs to help your family and friends learn how to support you and care for themselves.

Take heart: Good can come from crisis

A mental health crisis can be scary, but it may open the way for recovery:

  • Problems may become clearer.
  • You may get the treatment and supports you have needed.
  • You may learn what triggers a crisis for you.
  • Family and friends may see the crisis as a cry for help and offer support.
  • Lessons learned may be included in a crisis plan.

You can ask for a peer support specialist, a trained mental health worker who is in recovery.  Peer support specialists give hope, build trust, and show you that recovery is possible.

Contact the NAMI Tennessee Helpline, Monday to Friday (9AM to 5PM CT) for free support and information.

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