Most people with serious mental illness aren’t dangerous. How can you help someone you suspect is?
Sudden and extreme changes in appearance, personality or behavior can mean trouble. Try to steer the person to a mental health service provider. Or alert others who can help, such as school counselors, clergy members or community mental health providers. If the person’s behavior is so extreme it’s frightening, the police can take him or her to an emergency room for assessment and treatment, even if the person doesn’t want to go.
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