When a mental health crisis strikes Sun Behavioral offers a crisis unit that can intake and stabilize patients 24 hours a day. Skip the emergency room and come straight to SUN. We can admit patients in as little as 30 minutes. There is no need to call or make an appointment. Simply come to our location at 7601 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas, 77054.
We can help with emergent needs such as:
If a person is physically injured they must go to a medical hospital first as we cannot treat physical injuries in our mental health crisis stabilization unit.
Life comes with many struggles, many of them being way too overwhelming for us to handle. Every day, people discover how their relationship with trauma, anxiety, and depression takes a toll on their mental health.
New patients are learning every day about coping mechanisms, triggers for anxiety, and medications that can help with their depressive state. Crisis care falls alongside the many tools available to manage mental health.
Crisis care is also constantly evolving to better suit our needs. The United States has created The National Guidelines for Crisis Care which is a toolkit that advances regulations in crisis management within support programs.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) define the following as core elements of a crisis system:
Crisis services are a great resource for people to use during their recovery journey. They can vary based on depression, suicidal thoughts, domestic abuse, anxiety, trauma, grief, and depression. And similarly, certain resources are more effective based on what kind of health issue you’re addressing.
Some of these services include crisis debriefing, crisis counseling, and a crisis hotline. Remember, crisis care is different from an emergency situation. If you or a loved one are in danger, don’t hesitate to call 911 for immediate help.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) is a specific group process conducted after a traumatic event. It’s used to break down something called crisis incident stress which is stress and trauma connected to threatening situations such as tragedy, death, or injury.
This is not to be confused with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which deals with mental, emotional, and physical responses to trauma lasting longer than four weeks after the triggering event.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identify certain critical incident stress reactions like:
The process is most effective if you follow through with the many steps of crisis debriefing. The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) covers several different phases that include individual sessions, follow-up care, and support services. A lot of evidence suggests that CISD can be used for a variety of different traumatic events such as mass shootings, natural disasters, workplace violence, etc.
Counseling resources are incredibly useful for all kinds of mental health journeys, especially crisis care. Counseling tools are a form of intervention that allows people to manage trauma by offering assistance and support.
This kind of crisis care addresses the traumatic situation itself and focuses on the individualized response to it. This allows people to target the triggers of the event and overcome them by developing healthy behavior patterns around them (such as stress reduction techniques and positive thinking).
Crisis counseling ranges from psychotherapy, assessments, exercises, and much more. You can get the most out of counseling when you’re completely transparent about problems, emotions, and safety issues. This allows for you and your counselor to develop action plans and explore alternatives to the side effects associated with the trauma that you’re dealing with.
Crisis hotlines are usually available 24/7 and allow you to reach out to somebody who can talk you through feelings of anxiety and depression. These hotlines usually include trained professionals or volunteers that walk you through your experiences and act as a listening ear/source of comfort.
Sometimes talking to somebody about what you’re dealing with can help you get closer to a solution. At the very least, it helps people be heard when they feel like they’re alone.
Crisis hotlines, however, are not meant for medical emergencies like suicide attempts, overdoses, or physical abuse. In such cases, the best thing to do is to call for help as soon as possible and stay on the line while a dispatcher can ask you questions and get law enforcement involved or help you receive medical attention if needed.
The capable team at SUN Houston has been serving our community for years. Reach out to begin your journey to recovery.