What is a Crisis?

How do I know if I’m suffering from a behavioral health crisis?

Recognizing if you or someone else is experiencing a crisis is essential for prompt intervention and support. 

If you are in crisis, call the crisis line at 262-657-7188. 

Here are some signs that may indicate a crisis:

  • Sudden and Intense Mood Swings: Rapid and extreme changes in emotion, such as going from extreme happiness to deep sadness or agitation.
  • Extreme Anxiety or Panic Attacks: Intense and overwhelming feelings of fear or alarm that are difficult to control.
  • Increased Isolation: Withdrawing from friends, family, and usual activities or social engagements.
  • Significant Changes in Sleep Patterns: Sleeping too much or experiencing severe insomnia.
  • Lack of Personal Care: Neglecting hygiene and appearance.
  • Risk-Taking Behavior: Engaging in dangerous activities without concern for consequences.
  • Severe Disorientation or Confusion: Exhibiting confusion, disorientation, or difficulties in concentration.
  • Hallucinations or Delusions: Seeing or hearing things that aren't real or having beliefs that are not grounded in reality.
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Self-Harm: Expressing thoughts of suicide or self-harm or engaging in self-destructive behaviors.
  • Extreme Agitation or Aggression: Displaying violent or aggressive behavior towards oneself or others.
  • Substance Abuse: Escalating or uncontrolled use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Extreme Changes in Appetite or Weight: Significant changes in eating habits or sudden weight loss/gain.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting these signs or behaviors, it's crucial to seek immediate help.

How can I help a family/friend in a behavioral health crisis?

  • Show understanding: Listen and validate the feelings being shared in an understanding, non-judgmental way.
  • Show compassion: Compassion is key in any difficult situation.
  • Be encouraging: Encourage the individual to seek appropriate treatment, ask how you can help and then offer assistance. 
  • Have patience: Provide genuine love and support. 
  • Spend time with them: Check in with them regularly and let them know you’re there for them when and if they need you. 
  • Know your own limits: Remember to take care of yourself as well.

How can I contact crisis? 

Kenosha Human Development Services (KHDS) offers crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (262) 657-7188 if you or someone you know is in a crisis. Your call will be answered by a live, local person. Our well-trained, dedicated crisis staff provides face-to-face interventions and/or phone counseling in crisis situations.

If you or a family member/friend are not in crisis but have questions or are overwhelmed by the different programs and services available in Kenosha County, call the Behavioral Health Resource Center at (262) 764-8555. The friendly, local and experienced staff will talk with you and help you navigate the system to find the help you or a loved one needs.