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How can I help a coworker with bipolar disorder in crisis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If your coworker has bipolar disorder, it is important to know what to do in time of crisis, particularly if the person starts exhibiting signs of harming themselves or talking about death or suicide. The first rule is to get them medical attention immediately. While bipolar disorder can sometimes be a mild mood disorder, it can be severe in some people. To protect a coworker who is in crisis, call 911 or take the person to a hospital emergency room. Seek other adults to help you protect the person in crisis. Do not leave your coworker alone and do not stay alone with the person. You can speak openly with a trained counselor by calling the toll-free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).

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