Dark places and turning on a light

Wednesday I was in a dark place and needed to go to the psychiatric crisis center. My anxiety and an argument with a loved one caused me to have a bit of a meltdown.

I have to admit that going to the PCC was kind of a scary idea for me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The staff was friendly and comforting. My councilor asked me why I was there and listened to me. When I finished talking she asked questions, made recommendations and just chatted with me. She reassured me that everyone needs a little help now and then.

Just because we find ourselves in the dark sometimes doesn’t mean we can’t turn on the lights. Don’t feel ashamed or afraid to see a mental health professional if you need help.

In Salem, OR:

Psychiatric Crisis Center (PCC)  503-585-4949


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255