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Videos on how crisis services can help you or a loved one.
Sometimes life becomes a struggle and you need someone to talk to...Read full text...
Samantha: You know it's interesting how some of our connections with clients begin. This is the story of one client, we will call him Luther who was in the midst of a family crisis. Luther lost his job and his family had been evicted from their home. His wife and young child were able to stay with family members but he was not welcome in the home due to his history of unstable drinking.
Luther begin living out of his car only finding day labor a few times a week. He couldn’t control his drinking. One day, going to the liquor store he spotted our sign and decided to walk in.
This is how things often work at our community walk-in centers. A person doesn’t need an appointment. They just need the motivation to see if we can help them through their crisis. And crisis is however the client defines it.
So we talked with Luther. Actually, he did most of the talking. It’s usually how it works. We know what kinds of questions to ask to guide them in conversation and mostly what we do is listen. It seemed clear that the first and most beneficial thing Luther could was enter a treatment program to help him stop drinking.
One of the many things we do at Community Crisis Walk-In Centers is help connect our clients to community resources that can include addiction treatment. I did my best to reach out to Luther after the first visit. Luther was anxious about what treatment would be like. He was also at the point of knowing he had to do something positive to get his life back on track and following up with him helped. After three months, Luther came back to the walk-in center. He was in a different place. He had made a decision to make a positive step toward understanding and addressing his addictive behavior.
Listen, it’s not a quick fix or something that magically makes his addiction suddenly disappear but it definitely starts with the first step of seeking help.
If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance abuse, or emotional help for yourself or someone you know, start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one call this free number 1-844-493-8255 (TALK) or text to TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. I encourage you to check out our website www.coloradocrisisservices.org to learn about our walk-in crisis services and our additional services.
We are here when you need someone to listen...Read full text...
Maria: Some days I think I have the best job in the world. I’m not saying it isn’t challenging at times but when people call our 24 hour, 844-talk line...I feel like I have a chance to actually help someone, actually change a life. Like the day Arianna called. She had recently lost her mother to an extended illness. Her father was lost in his own grief and Arianna felt like she had no one to turn to, no one to talk to and nowhere to go. For her, there seemed like there was no other choice but to take her own life. Thankful she choose to call us.
Maria: “Colorado Crisis Services. This is Maria speaking. How can I help you?”
Arianna: “I need to talk to someone, please.”
As a trained therapist, I knew she needed help and she needed it now. So I dispatched the mobile crisis team to her house. The small mobile team is a highly skilled crew of one or two specialists that know how to offer help in real cases like this. Our clinicians have a lot of experience in evaluating and intervening in difficult situations like Arianna’s.
Sometimes someone with a cooler head and outside intervention can be the key that opens the door to communication and slowly begins the long road to healing. In this case, the mobile crisis team was able to make sure that Arianna and her dad would have access to long term help to assist them in their crisis with terrible loss and grief. The team was also able to set up an appointment for the next day with a licensed professional counselor.
That all happened a few months back. I recently got this letter from Arianna and her dad thanking us for all the help she got from Colorado Crisis Services. And she said, it all begins with a first step. For her, it was her call to me.
If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health; substance use; emotional help for yourself or someone you know, start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in a crisis or need help dealing with one, call this free number 1-844-493-8255 (TALK)or text to TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Check out our website www.coloradocrisisservices.org to learn about our walk-in crisis services and our additional services.
Help is available when you need a safe place to go...Read full text...
Samantha: You know I’m amazed every single day that I work in the 24 hour walk in center. Amazed at the people that do take the chance and walk through our doors and open up to us about the difficulties in their lives. I’m also so encouraged by the transformations that we see.
This client, let’s call him Erik walked into our center one summer day. We try to have a very calm process when someone comes in. A warm greeting, maybe a cup of tea, a little paperwork and then a quiet conversation with an intake clinician.
Erik was pretty hesitant to talk to at first. Holding things in but one of the things we work very hard to do is ask the right kind of questions, in the right kind of way to get people to open up.
Erik admitted thoughts of suicide and more than that he acknowledge that he had been researching methods to complete the act.
Our clinicians have a lot of discretion speaking with clients but our guidelines are very clear. When clients talk about this level of suicidal ideation, the staff request the client be checked into the Crisis Stabilization Unit to get more intense help through the crisis.
At that unit, which we call the CSU, a client can stay from one to five days at have access to both individual and group therapy.
It’s amazing how a few days can bring clarity in a time of crisis. Erik was able to find ongoing support and is doing much better now. It all begins with that first step.
If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance abuse, or emotional help for someone or yourself, start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you are in crisis or in need of help dealing with one call this free number 1-844-493-8255 or text “talk” to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. I encourage you to check out our website www.coloradocrisisservices.org to learn about our walk-in crisis services and our additional services.
Sometimes you need answers for the tough questions...Read full text...
Maria: I think one of the best things about the 24 hour talk line 844-493-TALK is that is a very comprehensive approach to helping people in crisis. It’s really about how you define a crisis not some textbook definition and sometimes I get calls about someone who isn’t personally the one in crisis. But the simply want to help someone else who is. Like the day I got a call from Sonya.
Her seventeen old son’s grades had been on the skids over the past year and his behavior had become erratic and volatile. She was hoping there might be some kind of program or assistance for at risk teens in her area. Although all of us here at the phone center are trained counselors, our training doesn’t stop there. We also work with a large database of community resources and support programs. In Sonya’s case, I was able to give her several possible phone numbers and resources.
Many of times a call like that is all that it takes to point someone in the right direction. Over time I have that there is no such thing as a crisis that is too small; a self-defined crisis is all it takes. It’s really up to you. I love that about Colorado Crisis Services. It always begins with a first step.
If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health; substance use; or emotional help for yourself or someone you know, start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in a crisis or need help dealing with one, call this free number 1-844-493-TALK or text talk to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Check out our websitewww.coloradocrisisservices.org to learn about our walk-in crisis services and our additional services.