Health care providers, nurses and doctors are taking to social media to warn patients that they may face long waits in emergency rooms.
In the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been encouraging their constituents to take precautions when seeking care in the event of a mental health crisis.
Many are taking advantage of the Trump administration’s Emergency Operations Center, a network of social media tools, and a virtual patient advocate service to reach out to people who may be in crisis.
Some are using Twitter and Facebook to share tips on how to make the best decisions.
Here are some tips to help make your visit as painless as possible.
To find the nearest emergency room in your community, head to a local ABC News affiliate or visit the website of your local county health department.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Here’s what you need to know about the federal crisis response:The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified nearly 4,300 mental health facilities across the country.
These facilities are among the most frequently visited by people seeking mental health care, according to the agency.
Many of these facilities are located in urban areas where the general public has difficulty accessing care, and where mental health services are usually limited.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the lead agency in managing the federal response to a national crisis.
It manages the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and works to coordinate the response to any new or existing national security threat.
The U. S. Secret Service is also in charge of protecting the president and the vice president.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also has the authority to coordinate care for people experiencing a mental illness.
People may also call VA’s helpline for advice.
Veterans may contact the VA Crisis Line at 1–800–273–8255, or visit www.va.gov/care.VA is also offering crisis-response resources for individuals, families, friends, and communities.
These resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The National Association of State Mental Health Directors is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides a forum for mental health professionals to share their experiences and insights on the importance of mental health to the nation.
They also have resources on topics like mental health, the mental health system, and mental health advocacy.
The American Psychological Association is the largest association of psychologists in the world.
APA’s membership includes more than 154,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students.