There are ways for family members to defuse crises at home, on behalf of loved ones, and for the whole family.

Help is a text away:  https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in/  Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.

Advocates is an example of a community based crisis team that carers can access:Emergency Services

Safety Planning is a slide show of how to develop and manage safety and crises.

Here are some safety handouts to download and use in order to develop and implement a safety plan:

The ebooklet is a form that you can download and fill out as a user friendly plan that can also second as a crisis tool: booklet

The only psychiatric advance directive in MA and many other states is part of the plan contained in this wonderful, thorough, comprehensive health proxy form.  Well worth having on hand for all loved ones, and it is especially helpful when our loved ones have chronic illnesses and are in need for proxy care at times: five wishes

Tip sheet managing symptoms



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