if a friend of family member is showing signs of mental illness and they are a danger to themselves or others, there are a number of ways to offer support and connect them to professional help or services.
- Contact your local mental health agency.
Mental health agencies in Northwest Ohio include:
Maumee Valley Guidance Center
Defiance County: (419) 782-8856
Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services
Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, Inc.
Allen County: (419) 222-1168
Auglaize County: (419) 394-7451
Hancock County: (419) 422-8616
Hardin County: (419) 679-1219
Shelby County: (937) 710-4616
- Contact local police or sheriff’s department if there is an immediate danger to self or others.
In an emergency situation, when the person is an immediate danger to his or herself or others, DON’T WAIT. Call 911. The police or sheriff’s department can take the individual to a safe location. The individual will also be assessed for other protective emergency mental health services.
- Contact a local attorney about emergency probate procedures.
An attorney can assist you in obtaining mental health treatment for someone struggling with mental health through an emergency probate procedure. This course of action may be necessary if the individual is incapacitated by mental illness and is unable or unwilling to seek treatment on his or her own behalf.
- Volunteer to go with them to get help.
Do not hesitate to seek help when you know someone who is suffering from mental illness and is in danger of harming themselves or others. Knowing when to seek immediate assistance can help prevent a tragedy.