Dec 13, 2021
“Economic crisis” and “environmental crisis” are terms most of us are familiar with. “Mental health crisis” on the other hand is a lesser known concept. Simply put, a mental health crisis is our response to a traumatic event or experience. Causes range from losing a loved one to witnessing a terrible car accident. A person could also be bottling up stress, anxiety, and toxic thinking that have all culminated in one, large crisis.
Fortunately, there’s a solution for those who are experiencing a crisis and seeking an intervention. Crisis counseling dates back to WWI and II. Considering what soldiers endured and witnessed, it was inevitable that they would be impacted in some way. Soldiers who showed distress were considered weak and disloyal but those who received treatment fared far better than their untreated counterparts, many of whom experienced post-traumatic stress later on in their lives. We’re not saying you need to go through a literal war to consider crisis counseling, but if there’s an internal battle playing out in your head, we can help.
We’re all unique, with our own responsive system when managing a mental crisis. Here are some of the most common ways people respond:
It takes a lot of courage to seek crisis intervention. This method focuses on minimizing the stress of the event you’ve experienced by providing emotional support and evergreen coping strategies.
Crisis counseling is generally quite brief and depending on the person and what they’ve experienced, it doesn’t last longer than a few weeks. Keep in mind, counseling with Peer Collective is not psychotherapy or a replacement for it. It’s about peer-to-peer connection, with active listening and support being the golden thread throughout your sessions. If you’re looking for someone to guide you gently back into a better place, set up your first free session with one of our empathetic counselors today.
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