Many things can lead to a mental health crisis.
Increased stress, changes in family situations, bullying at school, substance use, and trauma or violence at home or in the community may trigger the sudden appearance of or an increase in behaviors or symptoms that lead to a mental health crisis.
Medical illnesses can also affect a child’s mental health and can lead to a crisis. These issues are difficult for everyone, but they can be more difficult for someone living with a mental illness. This is especially true for a child who probably doesn’t understand their illness and its symptoms.
Here are some examples of situations or stressors that can trigger a mental health crisis:
Learn more by reading NAMI Minnesota's "Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children" booklet.
Content taken from NAMI Minnesota's "Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children" booklet.