If there is no immediate physical danger but you still need emotional support and/or crisis intervention, call the Care Crisis Line at 1-800-584-3578 (toll-free) or 425-258-4357 for 24/7 support. You can use the online crisis chat between 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm Monday-Friday. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for 24/7 assistance toll-free at 1-800-273-8255.
If you feel you need an immediate mental health assessment for your child, the Care Crisis Line is your point of contact and they will help you determine next steps and resources.
If the Care Crisis Line dispatches a Designated Mental Health Professional (PDF) to evaluate your child, and it is determined they will need inpatient psychiatric care, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities around Parent Initiated Treatment (PIT). The Emergency Room Social Worker will explain this process and discuss your options.
If you bring your child to the Emergency Room, make sure you bring any documentation or background information about your child’s mental health history to help the providers determine the best plan of care. Here is a guide to learn more about coping with your child’s psychiatric hospitalization.