Emotional Crisis

At some point in everyone’s life, situations or incidents may occur that cause stress or anxiety and a person may have difficulty dealing with those situations. They may act out in several ways:

  • Crying
  • Screaming
  • Yelling
  • Attempting to harm themselves or others
  • Uncontrollable laughter
  • Or any other behaviour that is out of the ordinary. 

This isn’t necessarily the result of mental health condition, but the result of accumulated stress that the person is unable to process and manage effectively. A person in this state needs support, empathy and understanding.

If a person is violent or acting out and has the potential to harm themselves or others, this is an emergency. Call 911 immediately, then call the Department of Public Safety at extension 4000 or 416-675-8500.

Resources to assist individuals in an emotional crisis can be found on the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre website here (add hyperlink) - https://humber.ca/student-life/swac/health-counselling

Other resources can be found here (add hyperlink) - https://humber.ca/student-life/swac/health-counselling/resources/online-...