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Psychiatric Emergency Services

Psychiatric emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year for anyone in crisis or experiencing a mental health emergency, an acute episode of mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder, in Sitka or Yakutat. We offer crisis intervention, stabilization, and evaluation for referrals to crisis care facilities, emergency shelters, and hospitals. Our goal is to help the individual in crisis remain in the community by avoiding an unnecessary hospitalization or removal from the person's home. We also provide follow-up support as needed. Our emergency clinicians work collaboratively with the Emergency Department at Sitka Community Hospital, SEARHC, and Sitka Police Department, as well as other community resources.

Individuals and clients can access psychiatric emergency services anytime by contacting staff at Sitka Community Hospital who will page the on-call clinician.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a Mental Health Crisis call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 800-273-8255. If you are experiencing a Mental Health emergency and are in need of a evaluation for hospitalization go to the nearest Emergency Room or call (907) 966-2411 or 888-906-4538


In a life-threatening situation, dial 911.

Suicide Warning Signs


I’m think of ending it all
I might as well shoot myself
I can’t go on
Life is not worth living
Nothing matters anymore
I can’t do anything right


Withdrawing; isolating
Impulsive; reckless
Putting affairs in order
Bestowing ‘legacy’ gifts
Increased drinking or drugging
Violence; Getting into trouble

Worried about a friend? Worried about yourself?

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