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Few situations are more stressful for a parent than being in the emergency department with a child who is experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis. Frightened and confused, they are in urgent need of help, hoping to find safety for their child. The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide has created a toolkit to aid in this very situation.

Distributed in emergency departments, the Toolkit is a comprehensive, yet concise, list of what to DO, what to ASK, and what to EXPECT.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TOOLKIT OR TO PURCHASE FOR YOUR HOSPITAL PLEASE CONTACT STACEY DONOVAN AT STACEY@SPTSUSA.ORG OR 732-410-7900.


Mental Health Crisis Toolkit Goals Include:

FOSTERING FAMILY-CENTERED COMMUNICATION

The Toolkit facilitates positive compassionate communication between families and hospital staff.

IMPROVING PATIENT ENGAGEMENT

The Toolkit fosters a collaborative approach centered on improving patient experience and satisfaction.

SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN CRISIS

The Toolkit directly supports vulnerable families seeking help and hope by easing anxiety and focusing on safety and treatment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TOOLKIT OR TO PURCHASE FOR YOUR HOSPITAL PLEASE CONTACT STACEY DONOVAN AT STACEY@SPTSUSA.ORG OR 732-410-7900.


Parent Testimonial

“I am not sure at what point we were handed the Toolkit. I was so exhausted when the social worker was speaking to us. She explained that the materials were to help us understand and speak to this journey.

I can honestly say that from the moment my husband finished reading the Toolkit, I saw him change! He was communicating with people in a totally different way and asking questions he had never asked before, to myself and the health care staff at the hospital. Like I said, this trip to the ER was not our first, but if there is any “best” part about it, it was receiving the Toolkit.”

-Kate, New Jersey Mom

If you are a parent seeking this vital resource, please contact Rachel Smith at rachel@sptsusa.org or 732-410-7900.


The Mental Health Crisis Toolkit has been supported, piloted and distributed in:

Grant funding to develop and pilot this resource was awarded to SPTS by The John Ben Snow Foundation, Monmouth Park Charity Fund and Ocean Partnership for Children.