‘Crisis Response’ Posts
“Symptoms and Danger Signs of Suicide.” SAVE. Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage>.
“Suicidology.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Aug. 2012. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicidology>.
“Crisis Management.” Crisis Management. Tutorials Point, n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2012. <http://www.tutorialspoint.com/management_concepts/crisis_management.htm>.
“Personal Crisis.” Counseling Services. University of South Australia, 12 May 2011. Web. 22 Oct. 2012. <http://w3.unisa.edu.au/counsellingservices/wellbeing/crisis.asp>.
Compile and submit a list of mainstream resources providing crisis services available in your locality. Additionally, explore your locality for a hotline number to access emergency services and discuss the results of your search. (Please provide the following information for each resource listed a) name of resource b) contact information c) how to make a referral d) hours of operation e) specific service[s] provided by the resource). (no minimum word count)
FEMA (Federal Amergency Management Agency, literally 10 minutes away in Emmitsburg, MD)
Disaster survivors, please contact us here:
Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362)
TTY: (800) 462-7585
American Red Cross
American Red Cross
4700 Mount Hope Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21215-3212
Phone: (410) 764-5311
Frederick County Maryland Crisis Hotline – http://www.suicidehotlines.com/maryland.html
Baltimore Crisis Response – http://www.bcresponse.org/
2041 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 433-5175 24 hours a day
(410) 433-7050 TDD
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene – http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/mha/
Spring Grove Hospital Center
55 Wade Avenue, Dix Bldg.
Catonsville MD 21228
Sheppard Pratt Health System – http://www.sheppardpratt.org/
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21285
Substance Abuse (addiction)
Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline – Baltimore email@example.com
24 / 7 Statewide
Narcotics Anonymous Hotline – http://www.freestatena.org/
Alcohol and Drug Recovery (ADR)
Primary Focus: Substance abuse treatment services
Services Provided: Substance abuse treatment
Type of Care: Outpatient
706 Crain Highway Suite C
Glen Burnie MD 21061
Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
This program distributes federal surplus foods to needy households and emergency food pantries.
Maryland Community Services Locator – http://www.mdcsl.org/avjsc/csl_hotlines_ffa.asp
Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Maryland and Delaware, Inc
Phone: (800) 642-2227
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation: 8am-9pm M-Th; 8am-5pm F; 9am-1pm
Area Served: Statewide
Provides advice on how to successfully manage personal finances; approved bankruptcy counseling; help with foreclosure prevention
Homelessness (lack of shelter, food, clothing, other basic needs)
Alliance – http://www.allianceinc.org/index.php/Veterans-Services.html
234 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
Amy Axel, Director
Back on My Feet Baltimore – http://baltimore.backonmyfeet.org
1017 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore Continuum of Care
Baltimore County CoC
Points of Contact for Homeless Persons:
6401 York Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21212
Suspected abuse of the individual’s child(ren)
Departments of Social Services Child Protective Services for the State of Maryland (by County) http://www.dhr.state.md.us/cps/address.php
Adult Protective Services (Elder care) area
ABUSE HOTLINE 1-800-91PREVENT (1-800-917-7383)
Criminal Victimization (victims of theft, sexual assault, domestic violence)
The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center (MCVRC)
Main Office: 301-952-0063 or 877-842-8461
Baltimore Office: 410-234-9885
Office For Victims of Crime – Maryland http://www.ovc.gov/welcome.html
Grief (resulting from death, terminal illness, divorce or other loss)
Maryland Counseling Center Inc – http://www.mcc-center.com/
20 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD 20850-2338
Phone: (301) 424-6955?
Maryland State Government: Counseling Center
4330 Broening Highway, Dundalk, MD 21222-2258
Phone: (410) 767-7726?
Discuss how the skills required of ADF clergy in ritual, especially those which involve mitigating chaos and generating order, might relate to those necessary for appropriately responding to an emergency situation (minimum 100 words).
Clergy, in my opinion, act as the keepers of ritual. They are the messengers between the folk and the Kindred, the negotiators between the folk and the Outsiders, and the Guides and Protectors throughout the flow of ritual.
Ritual is like a scripted play with the potential for all kinds of missed lines, broken props, and unexplained interruptions. The chaos has to be kept at a reasonable level, if not removed completely in order for the ritual to complete effectively and within the best interest of those gathered. Clergy are responsible and trained in making this happen.
When something goes awry, it requires quick-thinking and experience to move things forward without interrupting the flow and energy of ritual to the point of no return. We all take something with us from these rituals, whether it is a negative energy or a positive and fulfilling one, it’s all crafted from how well the ritual goes, and us as Clergy can help mitigate the outcome of that.
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Discuss an example of a crisis situation to which you have responded (this may be a crisis you have personally experienced or an experience in which you tried to help someone else in crisis). Reflect upon your response to the crisis in your example, and explain what you found effective, as well as how you could have improved your response to this situation. (minimum 200 words)
I’ve had my fair share of crisis situations. From divorce, infidelity, disowning by a parent, losing my home and being homeless, my father having a heart attack and a stroke, and nasty custody battles, I’ve seen issues from all sides.
My particular example I’ll address is when my father and I lost our home in 2008. Our landlord had died the year prior without leaving a Will or having any children. The estate notified us by eviction notice that we had 30 days to get out. Keep in mind that my father and I lived on a small farm complete with animals and farm equipment. The unimaginable task of trying to situate all of that by ourselves in 30 days was very daunting.
My first process in dealing with the situation was just crying. One of my personal biggest fears in life is not being able to take care of my father. It may even be my biggest fear. And it felt like that had actually become a reality.
But after a few days of crying and fear, I turned on what I call my “Robot Mode” which is simply a mode of process. My mind places the emotion behind the dramatic situation and focuses instead on the practical logistics of what needs to happen to fix things.
For starters, I needed to find a place to put all of our things and start packing things up in the mean time. My last surviving grandparent owned a storage trailer business, so that’s where I started. I got it delivered and we started loading up everything. Animals had to be taken to the livestock auction, farm equipment needed to be stored on a friends property until we had a place to put it, and I needed to find a place for us to at least sleep, eat, and shower, which ended up being my Aunt’s house.
All in all we got everything squared away in 28 days with a little help from some good friends. But that was not the end of the process.
Now that my father and I had nowhere to go, I needed to find us a place to live. The next two months were focused on finding a new home through estimating my financial situation for a reasonable expected payment window, narrowing our choice of homes by process of elimination and needs, and going through the motions of buying my first house.
To summarize, , allowing myself to grieve but not allowing it to take over the common sense and logical reality and requirements of the situation is important when handling a crisis. You have to be emotional and you have to be sensible in order to deal with these situations. And you have to allow for other people to help you instead of insisting on doing it all yourself.
I feel I handled that situation in the best way I possibly could, and am very proud for all I had to endure and how positive the situation ended up being on my life as a 28 year old.
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Discuss why an individual in crisis might seek an ADF clergy person for help and explain whether or not you feel this is an appropriate function for ADF clergy, why or why not? (minimum 200 words)
When people experience a crisis situation that leaves them looking for answers that they simply are finding, it’s common to turn to faith, as logic and reasoning are no longer being used. Faith gives us the unknown answers to questions we seek comfort in knowing the answers to. Many times people will even start to question faith, and seek reassurance from a Clergy person. It is an important role for Clergy to act as a trusted liaison between an individual and their Gods when their own personal methods of communication with their Gods might be clouded with emotion and pain.
I do feel that being a resource for suicidal individuals is a function for ADF Clergy, but also for just human beings in general. We have a moral obligation to help our fellow man when the chips are down and they just need to know someone is there to listen and give practical advice. Clergy across many faiths function in this way, as a vessel for listening and for advice.
While ADF Clergy cannot give input in a mental or health capacity as far as counseling, we can certainly create our own available resource for referring people to the appropriate location that they might not otherwise think to look or have the mental cognancy to find. We can also offer practical advice from a logical standpoint, so long as it doesn’t border on mental diagnosis. We can also provide ritual and spiritual guidance in a way to help sooth and provide direction for self-healing.
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Choose four of the seven common misconceptions about suicide from the list below and discuss why each is a misconception. (minimum 50 words each)
- Anyone who tries to kill himself/herself must be crazy.
According to SAVE, the misconception that anyone who attempts to kill themselves is crazy is not a sign that the individual is psychotic. It is merely a mirror of the intensity of the pain they are feeling, which is entirely normal in crisis situations, but it does not mean they do not, under normal circumstances, have full use of their mental utilities.
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- If a person is determined to kill himself/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her (Symptoms and Danger Signs of Suicide.).
No one who talks or has the desire to commit suicide really wants to do it. They are simple looking for a vehicle to end whatever pain they are going through, and no other idea or method has been the solution. Therefor suicide is always the last minute desperate plea to end the pain. But if any other answer or help presents itself, people will most certainly take that alternative route.
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- People who commit suicide always leave notes (Suicidology).
Only a small percentage of suicides actually leave notes explaining why they decided to take their own life. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as trying to avoid anyone placing blame on themselves or other individuals. It could also be that the overwhelming feelings were so strong, there was really no desire to prepare anything, just to get it over with.
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- Once the emotional crisis improves, the risk of suicide is over.
Another misconception about suicide is that once a situation is over, then suicide is no longer a danger. Unfortunately the mental state of the individual is still very fragile, and often times having another event that leads to a step backwards can be more devastating than the original crisis because the feeling of “never improving” is overwhelming. Having a second situation push you down from your progress not only brings back the memories of your particular crisis, but makes you feel like attempts to recovery are futile.
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List and discuss at least five suicide warning signs. Explain how you would respond if you were assisting an individual exhibiting one or more of these signs. (minimum 50 words each warning sign and minimum 100 words for response).
There are an array of warning signs to look for in terms of suicide (Symptoms and Danger Signs of Suicide.). Signs such as:
- Talking about wanting to die
One major warning sign of suicide is someone who is starting to talk about wanting to die or kill themselves. This is often attributed to feeling like there is no way out of a situation except to no longer feel the situation by suicide. In these instances, the individual may feel an overwhelming amount of pain and there’s no reasonable solution that they can see to fix it. (Word Count: 68)
- Withdrawn or feeling isolated
Another warning sign of suicide is an individual who becomes suddenly withdrawn and isolated from friends and family. Interaction with people, especially those that constantly ask about whatever crisis situation has prompted all of this, can generally trigger very emotional thoughts and conversations that people simply don’t want to deal with. So as a solution, they barricade themselves from society and anything that reminds them of the source of their pain.
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- Sleeping too little or too much
When an individual begins to sleep an overabundance of hours or alternatively sleeps very little, this can also be a sign of suicidal thoughts, or at least behavior. Generally when our “give a damn” is busted, we tend to just want to sleep and not worry about anything going on in the outside world. On the opposite extreme, when people are so stressed about situations they can’t seem to get a handle on, they will brood so much on the situation that they will not sleep. This can cause severe health issues in addition to mental strain.
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- Talk about being a burden to others
When individuals feel like their worth is significantly compromised either due to job loss, depression which led to lack of contribution, or that they are only causing harm or expense to friends and family, this can be another warning sign of suicide. These people usually feel like they have nothing to offer, therefor why continue to feel like this great burden to the people they care about.
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- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
The use of alcohol or drugs for someone who is potentially suicidal is a huge crutch in order to cope with various crisis situations. They are tools used to distract and numb whatever pain is being felt from the stress and anguish. This can lead to not only addiction, but further depression due to lack of coherency and social abilities.
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Given all of these examples of various suicidal warning signs, there is obviously a variety of different signs that require extremely different methods of counsel. Someone who is on alcohol or drugs, needs to be handled way differently than someone who is simply feeling withdrawn or isolated. One job of a Clergy person is to assess the type of signs they are witnessing in order to determine the best method for handling that individual. This is because handling someone who might be irate requires special attention compared to someone who is simply depressed.
My method of handling suicide warnings would be to allow that person to open up in regards to the details of their situation should they feel the need to vent. If that ends up not being the case and they just want to remain withdrawn, then I would likely press the issue gently, or even just continue to try and distract them by asking about their day, their family, their job, and inserting positive dissertation about things in their life that they may not see on their own.
After I was able to earn their trust in listening to them, I would then use that opportunity to repeatedly shed light on their situation from not only a logical standpoint but also a more optimistic and realistic standpoint. Because while all situations they might be dealing with most certainly could suck, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be fixed with a little help from a friend. And realistically people just need logical guidance to make the initial steps forward, because while not all situations can be changed to the way we want, they can all be changed into something better.
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Discuss how an individual’s ability to appropriately cope and/or problem solve may be affected by crisis and explain the process you would use to assist this individual. (100 words).
When affected by a crisis, people will very often be clouded by the stress and lose their mental stability and logical nature. In an attempt to protect themselves and react to the situation, they shut down and have a tendency to make rash decisions filled with emotion and panic rather than logic.
When this happens, it’s extremely helpful to have aid in the form of outside logic and reason looking in at the situation with completely unbiased eyes. That’s an important role for Clergy, to act as an vessel for venting, comfort, and rationale. We do this by listening, providing alternative points of view, assessing situations with a clear mind and presenting them in a positive way that provides a light at the end of the tunnel to the individual. Being resourceful, positive, and creative in suggestions to help resolve issues and get back on track is another skillset I feel is important for all Clergy.
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Describe at least five possible events or situations that may cause an individual to experience a crisis in his or her life. (minimum 100 words)
Loss of Home due to Foreclosure or Eviction:
Losing a home due to foreclosure or eviction is a significant crisis in an individual’s life. I got to experience this in 2008 when our landlord died without leaving a Will, nor did he have any children. Dad and I were giving 30 days to get out of a home we lived in for 30 years, complete with animals and farm equipment. This was a highly stressful situation that pretty much uproot all of our stability and put us in crisis mode.
Loss of Job:
Losing a job is one of the biggest modern societal concerns because it removes a lot of stability in our lives and acts as a precipitating event to larger crises such as losing a home like above. I got to experience j0b loss last month, but thankfully was able to bounce back from it pretty quickly by working hard to obtain a new job ASAP.
Divorce or Ending Relationships:
Divorce or the ending of relationships causes considerable emotional crises to pretty much everyone. Whether these relationships are romantic or involving arguments within the family, they play a great toll on our regular social structure. I have been divorced, disowned a parent, and recently ended a 7 year relationship, and they have all had their unique challenges on a mental level.
Health is probably the most important and most scary crisis situation that we cold go through, because without our health, or more severely our life, we would simply not exist. So when doctors tell us that something is gravely wrong or has the potential to go wrong, we immediately experience a crisis just to hold onto life.
Theft is one of the more minor crises that we can go through as individuals. Loss of material possessions is stressful and financially burdening, but it is not something that will necessarily change who we are as people nor our ability to live comfortably tomorrow. Still it is another strain on our emotional stability.
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Describe at least three different categories of emergency situations and provide a clear example of each. Please ensure you include a source citation. (minimum 50 words each).
A financial or personal emergency is one that affects us directly in our small sphere of the universe with no adverse affects on our community or country as a whole. An example of a personal emergency could be a medical emergency such as being shot, a stroke, or anything requiring immediate medical attention. Personal Emergencies can also mean financial such as foreclosure, house fire, or loss of job. These types of events are mostly avoidable through proper prior planning (Personal Crisis).
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A natural environmental emergency is one that is determined by nature without direct influence from man. These types of emergencies are things like hurricanes, tornadoes earthquakes, mudslides, volcanic eruptions, etc. that we have no way to prevent or avoid, but can only prepare for in advance in order to survive (Crisis Management).
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Political & Social Emergency
A governmental emergency is the least occuring of most emergencies, because it involves a complete country-wide or world-wide scale. Potential governmental disasters could be (and have been in other countries), financial debt crisis such as what Greece and Iceland experienced in recent years, wars in other countries, and economic recession such as the United States is still recovering from as of 2008.
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