Behavioral Health Emergency Room

When there is a mental health emergency

As with a medical emergency, a mental health emergency can be life threatening. If there is a situation in which an individual is posing a threat to self or others, or is severely disoriented, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911. When calling  911, tell the operator that you are calling about a mental health emergency.

UMC's  Behavioral Health Emergency Room (BHER) is a 26 bed area of the emergency room that specializes in pro-active, rapid assessment, stabilization and treatment of patients in crisis.

The multidisciplinary team in the BHER consists of emergency physicians, emergency psychiatrists, psychiatric nursing, and social work. Patients families are encouraged to participate in the assessment and treatment planning of patients to determine if inpatient admission or outpatient follow up is most appropriate.

Signs of a mental health emergency

  • A suicide attempt 
  • Assault or threatening actions against another person
  • Hearing voices, paranoia, confusion, etc.
  • Drugs or alcohol use

Click for additional information from NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

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