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When should I call 911 about a mental health problems?

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If it’s an emergency -- for instance, someone is suicidal or in a crisis -- call 911. If it’s not an emergency, start with your regular doctor. He will check to make sure that medication or another illness is not the cause of your symptoms. If you are physically fine, he will likely refer you to a mental health care professional -- someone trained in treating mental health.

From: How to Get Help for Mental Health WebMD Medical Reference

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National Alliance on Mental Illness.

National Institute of Mental Health: “Help for Mental Illnesses.”

American Psychological Association: “Protecting your privacy: Understanding confidentiality.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness.

National Institute of Mental Health: “Help for Mental Illnesses.”

American Psychological Association: “Protecting your privacy: Understanding confidentiality.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

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