GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Mental health continues to be a growing area of concern across the country.
There is help available in Minnesota for families facing a mental health crisis.
"They can call the child's mental health professional or pediatrician, family physician," said Sue Abderholden, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota (NAMI MN). "They can call a mental health mobile crisis team, which are available in every county in Minnesota. They can actually come out to the home and asses the child. Certainly going to an emergency room. The last option is to call 911."
When it comes to getting your child who is in crisis into the car, it can be tough.
"It kind of depends how they are feeling," Abderholden said. "You're going to be worried about keeping the doors locked. The child's safety and well-being while being transported, and you really need to take that into consideration in terms of how suicidal they are. If you don't feel like you can transport them safely in the car then you need to call 911.”
She says there are no children’s crisis homes in Minnesota.
"So on the adult side, we have what we call crisis home," said Abderholden. "We do not have that on the children's side yet. It's something we are working toward. So a child might need help but they don't meet hospital level of care so they will send that child back home. And I think at that point a family has to think about what are the things that are in our house that might be unsafe for that child."
If someone is having a mental health crisis, mental health crisis teams are available 24/7. In the Twin Cities metro area, call CRISIS (274747) from a cellphone to talk to a team of professionals who can help. Outside of the Twin Cities, call your county or visit mn.gov/dhs/crisis to see the directory for mental health crisis phone numbers in Minnesota.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number: 800-273-TALK (8255). The crisis text line is also available 24/7, offering free help for people having a mental health crisis or contemplating suicide by texting MN to 741741.