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Crisis Management

Some stressful times, events, changes, and crises can affect a family’s immediate safety or most basic needs. If this is the case for your family, you will likely want to address immediate needs first. The other strategies in this toolkit, such as stress management, handling conflict, and maintaining structure, can be helpful but do not replace ensuring safety and meeting the basic needs of safety, food, shelter, and/or financial support. Getting in touch with a social worker or a case manager through your health provider can also be helpful.

Here are some resources to assist with safety and crisis relief. Use the crisis resource planner to make a list of resources your family may need and to make a list of actions you can take.

Self-harm/Suicide: The following resources can assist if you, a family member, or someone you know are having thoughts of harming themselves or not wanting to live:

  • If you are concerned about immediate safety, call 911
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255
  • Text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 (U.S. and Canada) to connect with a crisis counselor
  • Contact your doctor, therapist, or counselor to create a plan to stay safe
  • Identify a trusted friend, family member, or parent who can provide support and ensure safety

Violence: The following resources can assist if you, a family member, or someone you know does not feel safe at home or is being physically harmed, touched inappropriately, or emotionally mistreated:

Financial stress: The following resources can assist if you, a family member, or someone you know is experiencing financial hardship:

Basic needs: The following resources can assist if you, a family member, or someone you know, needs support with basic need, such as food or shelter: