When Should I Go to the ER with My Child?
When confronted with a child’s mental health crisis, some parents may feel the best thing to do is to take their child to the ER. What they don’t know is that the ER is not always the best answer. For one thing, there is only one psychiatric ER in Hennepin County for children (Fairview Riverside), and even if you take your child there, you may wait over 8 hours and your child still may not be admitted at the end of that wait. If you don’t know what to do, call Child Crisis at 612-348-2233 (www.childcrisisresponsemn.org). They can help guide you. If you know your child is emotionally unstable, but can be safe while you wait for responders, Child Crisis can be a good first step.