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Can someone just walk in to get help in a mental health hospital?

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Dr. Arlene Gerson
Clinical Psychology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Some inpatient psychiatric treatment hospitals can evaluate "walk-ins" to see if hospitalization is needed.
A better bet would be to walk in to a hospital emergency room and let them know the situation. If the emergency room docs think that hospitalization is needed, they'll call around and find a program that has an opening. Calling 911 is another way of getting help quickly.

In brief: Sometimes

Some inpatient psychiatric treatment hospitals can evaluate "walk-ins" to see if hospitalization is needed.
A better bet would be to walk in to a hospital emergency room and let them know the situation. If the emergency room docs think that hospitalization is needed, they'll call around and find a program that has an opening. Calling 911 is another way of getting help quickly.
Dr. Arlene Gerson
Dr. Arlene Gerson
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7 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Many mental health treatment facilities have specific admission criteria and process.
If it is the mental health unit of a hospital, usually admission is done through the emergency department or direct referral from a doctor's office. If it is a free standing mental health facility, they may have an admissions unit. Contact the facility and inquire about their admissions policies.

In brief: Maybe

Many mental health treatment facilities have specific admission criteria and process.
If it is the mental health unit of a hospital, usually admission is done through the emergency department or direct referral from a doctor's office. If it is a free standing mental health facility, they may have an admissions unit. Contact the facility and inquire about their admissions policies.
Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth
Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth
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Dr. Arlene Gerson
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Some inpatient psychiatric treatment hospitals can evaluate "walk-ins" to see if hospitalization is needed.
A better bet would be to walk in to a hospital emergency room and let them know the situation. If the emergency room docs think that hospitalization is needed, they'll call around and find a program that has an opening. Calling 911 is another way of getting help quickly.

In brief: Sometimes

Some inpatient psychiatric treatment hospitals can evaluate "walk-ins" to see if hospitalization is needed.
A better bet would be to walk in to a hospital emergency room and let them know the situation. If the emergency room docs think that hospitalization is needed, they'll call around and find a program that has an opening. Calling 911 is another way of getting help quickly.
Dr. Arlene Gerson
Dr. Arlene Gerson
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If you are suicidal, a danger to self or others a psych hospital is the place to be. However you can start with help for mental health issues via your PCP, local mental health department. Some worksplaces have EAP or employee assistance programs to help employees with issues ranging from stress to depression to more serious mental health issues
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