RACINE, CONOSHA COUNTY — Mental Health Crisis Cards are available through the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) free.
As exciting as it is to start a new school year, it can also be overwhelming. The stress of school can be scary not only at the beginning of the year but throughout the year. Using a Mental Health Crisis Card can be beneficial for students to identify mental health symptoms they may be experiencing.
“Let people know how to help you when you’re experiencing a mental health crisis or stressful situation,” the office says.
How it works
According to OCMH, once completed, the card tells others what to do immediately when they are with someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The idea of the card is to de-escalate the situation within the first five minutes.
Completed by the person carrying it, the card includes mitigation strategies, what works and what doesn’t in a crisis situation.
Those with mental health conditions, diagnosed or undiagnosed, should carry a card. Anyone can suffer stress and crisis.
On the card, children and parents can list emergency information and what methods might solve a stressful situation.
How to finish
The first step to completing it and preparing it for the school year is to download the card. It can be found online or download from the Racine County Eye below. It should print out there.
Print and complete
Next, list the coping strategies that help you or your child on the printable card.
When stressed, give it to someone nearby for help. This could happen before a test, before lunch or randomly during the school day, or even before or after school.
Examples of what to write
OCMH recommends the following mitigation strategies to be written on the card including:
- Don’t talk to me – I have to be quiet
- Let me rest – I’ll talk to you when I’m ready
- Take me to a quiet place
- Talk to a friend / peer
- Talk to an adult
- Let me draw
- Listen to music
- A cold cloth on my face
- Read a book
- Write in a journal
- Hold ice in my hand
- Provide male support
- Support women
- Get a hug
- Breathe deep
Additional phrases and advice can be written on the card.
Why carry it?
“The youth know what sets them apart better than anyone else. When people follow mitigation strategies a
The young person has recognized that negative influences can be reduced or eliminated. The crisis situation
avoid and the youth will feel safe and understood,” shared the OCMH.
Mental Health Resources
The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health supports children in the best possible way. mental health and well-being.
More information and resources, such as this “Emotional Thermometer,” can be found on the OCMH website.
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