A crisis for a child with mental health needs may occur when they are unable to problem solve or cope with a situation and feel panic, hopelessness and confusion. Those feelings can then lead to a dramatic change in mood or behavior. Here are some tips that can help.
For parents of children and youth with mental health needs, an experience that produces distress may quickly escalate into a crisis if we do not know how to help reduce the intensity of the situation. Developing a written crisis management plan to use at home is one way to be proactive in attempting to handle crisis situations.