Best Practice

Supporting children through crisis moments

When a young person with mental health or wellbeing issues faces a crisis moment, there are some simple techniques and ideas that could help. Dr Pooky Knightsmith explains

Crisis moments are those moments when everything feels overwhelming and simply too much – for some young people this might be the moment when they feel overcome by the urge to hurt themselves (or others).

These “big” moments feel impossible at the time, but with support and by learning a range of practical strategies, young people can learn to work through the first few minutes, giving their bodies and minds time to calm to a point where they feel more able to continue with their day.

The strategies I detail below have all been shared by young people – all of them worked for someone, though none of them will work for everyone, so be prepared for a little trial and error.

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