Emergency Management Plan

If you have a complex mental illness that may lead to a crisis situation, it is important you and people you know have plans in place. This is particularly important for illnesses like psychosis or illnesses that lead some people to self-harm.

Many good doctors recommend having a formal Emergency Management Plan. Doctors should help you draft this but you should also have some say in who should be called, what information they should be told and ideally also, which hospital to take you to if it is nearby with a bed free. It is very hard to plan for emergencies when you are acutely unwell and your support people or carers might not know the best thing to do. As such, you should make an EMP while you are unwell or when you first notice early warning signs.

We have prepared a simple EMP template┬áto help you plan for acute illness. Hopefully you won’t have to use it but keep it updated as your meds, preferred hospitals or clinicians change.

If you are in crisis, call 000 if it is an emergency or phone a crisis line in your state or territory. For non-crisis support, see our mental health helplines.

August 2, 2018

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