It often helps to:
- Identify early warning signs of relapse, monitoring these regularly, although not excessively
- Plan how you will respond to early warning signs i.e.
- Make sure you have easy access to the support you require in an emergency-including names & telephone numbers (e.g. care coordinator, consultant, G.P.), prescribed medication, people to confide in or that you are happy to make decisions for you on your behalf should you lose the ability to do so.
- Consider what will need to be taken care of in the event of a crisis
Find out how you can develop your own crisis plan
If you're a carer, see how you can help with crisis planning.
One of our members of staff has a handy way of thinking about mental health crisis planning. While she lived in America, her family had a plan for what they needed to do in case of a hurricaine.
Her experience of using the plan was similar to the way you can approach a crisis plan for mental health.
Some of the tips you can take away are:
- The plan was written based on experience
- Our initial response was fear, desire to ignore it, deny it would happen to us. This is normal but do it anyway
- We went through it as a family & made sure everyone knew what preparations to put in place and what to do
- When it happened it was scary but it went smoothly
- When it was over we felt wobbly but could get on with the recovery plan