Crisis Response for Family/Friends


For people who are gravely disabled or in immediate danger to themselves or others:
Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer

For people thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
800-273-8255

For NAMI Indiana telephone support to help plan for an impending crisis:
800-677-6442
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For families who want to prepare for a crisis:
The most important thing a family member can do is provide information. The following forms should be printed and filled-out in the case that a loved one suffers a psychiatric crisis:


When a person is in a psychiatric crisis, it is imperative to be able to get him or her into treatment as quickly as possible. This can present a very significant challenge that we hope our booklet, Planning for and Responding to a Mental Health Crisis, will help you meet successfully.


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*The NAMI Indiana Crisis Guide is the brainchild of Abby Flynn, who, up to the point of her hospitalization for heart valve replacement surgery, chaired the committee that produced it. Her drive, her focus, and her indomitable spirit provided the wherewithal that made this booklet a reality. Sadly, Abby did not survive this difficult surgery, and so she was deprived of the pleasure of seeing it actually produced in final form. We dedicate this booklet to Abby’s memory; it is one of many examples of the good things that have resulted from her very active and fruitful life with NAMI Indiana.

Crisis Guide



Get a free copy of the NAMI Indiana Crisis Guide by contacting the NAMI Indiana office, or download a PDF here.