Crisis can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or economic background. Sudden or extreme situations such as a death or rapid change can overwhelm a person’s ability to cope, sending them into crisis. As such, the definition of what is considered a crisis differs from person to person.
As a person experiences crisis, they may display feelings of denial, shock, or anger and express feelings of helplessness. They might also complain of difficulties in breathing, lethargy, pain, sleep and appetite changes.
A severely distressed person may experience hallucinations, have suicidal thoughts, pose a danger to self or others, or show impaired daily functioning. In these cases, professional help is recommended and there are many resources in the community. General Practitioners (GPs), Family Service Centres (FS Cs), school or company counsellors, and helplines like the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS : 1800-221-4444) can serve as a first-stop. If necessary, the person may be referred to IMH/WH for further help.
While it is a fact that crisis can happen to anyone, we need to acknowledge that
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