VTDigger is excited to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of Vermonters.
This thirteen week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.
Below is the eleventh installment of the series from Rutland Mental Health Services (RMHS) focusing on crisis services in support of mental health emergencies.
Community Crisis Services: A Balanced System of Response
Community Crisis Services are crucial for creating a balanced system of response and support for mental health emergencies.
How often do we say, “I can’t imagine” in response to another’s hardship, trauma, or crisis? As we watch our loved ones carry the heaviest burden of their lives, and as we fumble for the “right” words, and scramble for the tools to help them shoulder it, often “I can’t imagine” seems like the only appropriate response.
We respond to horrific loss, unfathomable grief, illness, heartbreak, and hardship similarly. “I can’t imagine what you’re going through.” Read more…