While making the decision to call 911 can be a difficult one, it could save a life. If your loved one is in the middle of a psychiatric crisis, calling 911 may be your safest and quickest option to help someone in need.
Call 911 when:
You or others are in danger, or the adolescent/teen is in danger of hurting him/herself.
The adolescent/teen is acting erratically or has shown escalating unstable behavior, like severe yelling, pacing, exhibiting other threatening or potentially violent behaviors, or has a history of self-harm.
The adolescent/teen is actively hallucinating, paranoid, or extremely anxious.
When you call 911, remain as calm as possible and answer questions such as the type of behavior being exhibited, any history of similar behavior (and outcome), and location. You may be asked to remain on the line until help arrives.
If you are in danger, remove yourself from the location and call 911 from a safe location.
Ask where the adolescent/teen is being taken. In New Jersey, often times police or an ambulance will take someone exhibiting erratic behavior to the nearest Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) department.
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