Emergency / Crisis Intervention Services
Please let us determine what constitutes an emergency. Call us or bring your midshipman to the center if you have any questions as to the emergent nature of a crisis. We will evaluate and determine the best Course of Intervention, emergency or otherwise. The MDC is available to assist in crisis response during all hours of operation.
Normal Working Hour Procedures
In most cases, Midshipmen needing emergency Mental Health Evaluations during normal working hours should be escorted to the MDC for initial screening. The MDC provider will triage the client to determine what level of services are needed. When an emergency referral is made, there is no need for a signed Release of Information, Privacy Act, or Confidentiality Statement due to the urgency of the referral and the risks involved in undue delay.
Direct Referrals to Brigade Medical / NHCA
Under certain circumstances, midshipmen should be referred directly to Brigade Medical without being screened at MDC. In these cases, the emergency response system needs to be activated and the midshipman either transported or escorted directly to Brigade Medical in 6th Wing. The Duty Healthcare Provider (DHP) will then contact the Mental Health Watch Officer in accordance with NMCL directives and the MDC will be notified after the fact. These circumstances include the following:
- Outside of normal working hours
- When a MDC provider cannot be contacted
- If it is a suspected or known that suicidal or other self-injurious behavior has already occurred
- If there are other safety concerns that suggest a Midshipman should immediately go to a medical environment
National Hopeline Network
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
What should you do?
You can make a difference if you suspect someone may be considering suicide. Studies show that talking about suicide will not cause someone to commit suicide. Suicide can be prevented. Here are some tips to help:
Remember: ACT: Ask - Care - Treat
ASK if someone is depressed and is thinking about suicide.
Let them know you CARE.
Get them assistance (TREATment) as soon as possible.