Is 911 a Safe Option for a Mental Health Crisis? – Psychology Today – 2018-07-12

When I learned how to assess for suicide in graduate school, I was taught to add “go to the nearest ER or call 911” to any safety plan for a client who was not in imminent danger of self-harm but was still struggling. I thought little of it at the time other than noting that it both instructed the client what to do in case of an emergency and limited my own professional liability, and I grew to repeat it, mantra-like, to my patients throughout the years. When I was walking one of my interns through the procedure recently, she paused to ask, “is it really safe to encourage them to call 911?”

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Jonathan Foiles LCSW
Psychology Today, July 12, 2018