In this project, a crisis is a situation that has caused a youth emotional or physical distress that was overwhelming, where he or she felt unable to cope. For example, this could include family conflict, school concerns, self-harm, substance misuse, homelessness, stress, and depression.
Holistic Crisis Planning (HCP) is a holistic, strength-based and person/family centered approach to mental health crisis planning. HCP providers bridge the gap between formal and informal mental health and addiction support systems by facilitating environments where youth and families are empowered to take an active role in harm reduction and crisis resolution. Participants drive the creation of plan content based on their own self-expertise and preferences instead of providers prescribing one-size-fits-all solutions that may not fit the context of a participant’s unique experience and environment.