In this Episode of Family Psych Consumer:
When the People We Love Need Just One Thing Right Now – Being Kept Safe - YOU Need to Know the Hows, What Ifs, and Whens of Using a Mobile Crisis Team
In this episode, Tom takes on the most painful and chaotic thing a parent or family caregiver must do for someone who is living with mental illness - calling the police or mobile crisis team to evaluate them on the spot and take them forcible to a hospital. As a parent or authority in someone’s life, there is no other act you can that can blow up a relationship and trust faster or more completely than calling the cops on them. Yet sometimes it is the ONLY responsible thing you must do when the person you love is so psychotic or depressed that they are at risk of killing themself (by plan or accident).
While this topic is worthy of a full day workshop, Tom provides his listeners with this primer on the basics – who are the players, how to plan, how to manage YOURSELF as the parent or family caregiver, and frankly, how to emotionally survive using the police and mobile crisis team. First and foremost, he discusses how he approaches a mobile intervention situation so you can practice his same thinking – how he assess the risks of someone’s mental state and behaviors, and uses the family’s critical thinking and knowledge of the person to make the right decision about timing, safety, and minimizing distress for your loved one.
Successfully getting through a mobile crisis event requires you to manage your expectations and manage yourself (translation: be more self-aware) . This means understanding how these things usually go down and how they can go wrong, despite everyone’s best effort. Tom’s goal in the episode is to provide his listeners with a solid coaching session to manifest a productive outcome for both your loved one AND yourself.