In moments of acute mental health crisis, knowing what steps to take and where to turn for help can be overwhelming. Although our team at the Truism Center is determined to provide the best support we can, we, like most counseling centers, are not equipped to provide immediate counseling in emergency situations. In this blog we’ll discuss when to seek immediate care, and outline the best resources in West Michigan for getting mental health care quickly.
Remember—almost 50% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point during their life. You are not alone. Don’t hesitate to seek out the support you need.
Understanding the Immediate Need for Care
In a mental health crisis, individuals might experience a range of intense feelings and symptoms, including severe anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, or sudden psychotic symptoms. Severity of these symptoms can vary, and it’s important to recognize whether an experience requires immediate assistance or not. If symptoms are more mild, an individual may just want to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors. If one feels they are in danger of self-harming, unable to function, or their experiences are severe, they should not hesitate to get immediate care.
During such critical times, the most important thing is to ensure the safety of the person in crisis, and provide them with the immediate support they need. Quick intervention is crucial as it can help stabilize their condition, relieve the most severe symptoms, and begin the process of treatment and recovery. This early and prompt care is essential for managing the crisis effectively and starting the journey towards long-term mental health and well-being.
Emergency Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is home to several critical resources designed to support individuals during a mental health emergency:
- Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services: Recognized for its comprehensive mental health care, Pine Rest offers an immediate, “urgent-care” style treatment for individuals in crisis. This facility provides a mental health emergency room where patients can receive rapid assessments and the necessary interventions to address their immediate needs. Pine Rest offers walk-in assessments 7 days a week, though hours vary. The availability of such urgent care services ensures that individuals can access help when they need it the most, without the need for appointments.
- Forest View Hospital: Another vital resource in our community, Forest View Hospital offers immediate assessment services to determine the appropriate level of care for individuals facing a mental health crisis. While they may not provide the same “urgent-care” model as Pine Rest, they do offer over the phone assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their expertise in mental health assessment is crucial for guiding patients towards the right treatment options.
What is a Mental Health Assessment?
A mental health assessment is a critical first step towards care during a mental health crisis. It involves evaluating the individual’s mental state, risk factors, and the severity of their symptoms to determine the most appropriate course of action. Both Pine Rest and Forest View Hospital conduct these assessments with little wait-time, ensuring that individuals quickly receive the care that best suits their needs.
Beyond Immediate Care: The Journey Towards Long-Term Recovery
While accessing emergency mental health services is crucial during a crisis, it’s equally important to consider the journey beyond the immediate situation. Establishing a long-term care plan is essential for sustained mental health and wellness.
Seeking ongoing support from a counselor can be a transformative step towards recovery and growth. Although there may be delays in seeing a therapist due to demand, it’s important to recognize the value of this long-term partnership. A counselor can provide a safe space to explore underlying issues, develop coping strategies, and work towards healing and resilience. To book an appointment with a counselor at The Truism Center you can click here, or call (616) 209-9295.
In the midst of a mental health crisis, the path forward may seem daunting. However, Grand Rapids offers robust resources designed to meet these challenges head-on. Whether through the immediate support available at Pine Rest or Forest View Hospital or the long-term guidance offered by counseling services at The Truism Center, there is hope and help available.
Remember, taking the first step towards seeking help is a sign of strength. By leveraging the emergency mental health services available and embracing the journey towards long-term care, individuals can navigate through crises towards a future defined by resilience and wellness. Let us support one another in this journey, fostering a community of care, understanding, and growth.
Robb Kornoelje is the owner of The Truism Center, a relationship enthusiast, and the creator of the “30-Day Relationship Challenge.” This 30-day, fully online email course offers gentle guidance to identify behaviors causing trouble, find ease with emotions, and enhance self-awareness. With a focus on stress-free communication, the challenge encourages a stronger connection with others, nurturing compassion, and fostering forgiveness. Join Robb on this journey to improve the fabric of your relationships—one day at a time.