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Help and adviceWhen suffering from any mental illness their will be time when you need some help or some advice, you may also wish to share important fact about illness in a non personal view to friends and family.

Daily Advice

I would say the most important rule of having a mental illness is know your meds and know your doses.

Write lists – on very bad days having a list can give you a little push to achieve something. A personal note about lists don’t make  long no more than ten items. A long list can be very difficult to face, put simple task on the list, such as get up, make a hot drink, wash, take medication so you can make things of your list. Know that you succeeded at something is a good thing.

Try to be mindful, practice mindfulness you can just listen to a YouTube video.

Try to get outside, a walk in the garden or around the block.

At the end of the day count the successes and be proud.

Emergency or Crisis Care

Having a mental health illness their will be times when you Crisis, we all have our own definition of crisis and each is personal. The first step to recognise that you are in a crisis and that you need some help. In most cases if you have a care co-ordinator, or are accessing mental health services you will be provided information of out of hours support, you can contact mental health services or your care co-ordinator, support worker during office hours. They will also set up an effective crisis plan.

I personally don’t like to contact my mental health team, basically i don’t like letting people in power know too much about me  plus having trust issues I have come up with my own safe crisis care.

When i crisis there are a number of things that i do. They can escalate to the final stage but i will access a service that will contact my mental health team on my behalf.

Early stage – noticing that i heading towards a crisis.

I have a few people i trust to some degree, so i can telephone one of these people and talk through my feelings.

Try to self sooth

Be mindful and practice mindfulness skills

Go for a walk and remove myself from the situation.

Mid Stage – notice that i am in crisis but there’s still a little time before i start to nose dive.

Contact Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 (UK)  116 123 (ROI) being able to talk to someone who will not be able to tell anyone i find very therapeutic, I don’t have the worry that someone is going to lock me up if i say how i really feel.

Late Stage – This stage i am normally in full stage crisis and i become aware that i am in a bad place.

I used to contact NHS Direct but since that closed i have a checklist am i going to self harm am i suicidal. If suicidal it time to make that call and get help. At this stage i would normally allow myself to mock self harm using a red pen or something i can drag on my arm. If that does not work contact mental health team.

The what happened stage – This when a crisis has taken control very quickly and actual self harm has taken place.

Clean up and dress any wounds, seek medical attention you can contact GP and get a Nurse appointment or you can go to A and E or a minor injuries unit at local hospital. Your mental health team should be informed.

What ever stage i suffer it is important to inform my care co-ordinator, for a number of reason the first is to understand the cause or causes of the crisis, to evaluate if ok, to see if their needs a change to medication or i need to access more help.

Dealing with a crisis the first thing to know is that you are in or are heading towards a crisis, this come with time and experience. Early in my illness i did not know that i was having a crisis but after many years and crisis’s  i have a good understanding of my moods and triggers and can normally maintain my crisis around early to mid stage but every now and again i end up at the what happened stage.

Good crisis management is important but you have to trust when you reach out for help that you will get it if you’re unsure that the person you’re going trust is not going to be  in a situation to help either through time of day, their location and their ability to talk contact your local mental health team or the Samaritans there will be someone available 24 / 7.

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