What to Include in Your Crisis Plan

Last Updated: 1 Jul 2020

Last week, I wrote about why we all need a crisis plan. This week, I’m going to provide some tips on what to include in your crisis plan.


The names and contact information for your relevant healthcare providers, including your psychiatrist, psychologist, and primary care physician.

A list of your medications, other health problems and allergies.

Your health insurance information, including relevant insurance identification numbers, phone numbers and facilities that are covered by your plan. Also include a list of your preferred facilities, ranked in order of preference.

Include a copy of your financial and healthcare powers of attorney (which should be carefully prepared according to relevant laws in your geographic region). With respect to the financial power of attorney, if you trust someone enough, you might consider giving her/him legal permission to cut your access to your bank accounts under specified circumstances (with or without the consent of your psychiatrist or therapist) in the event that you become manic. It may seem like a lot of work, but having a power of attorney can be very helpful.

List your classic symptoms for manic and depressive episodes.

Explain what an “emergency” scenario would look like for you.

Specify who you wish to intervene in the case of an emergency, as well as how you want them to intervene and under what circumstances.

Lastly, discuss your crisis plan with the people you most trust to be there if and when such a crisis arises, and GIVE THEM A COPY of the plan.


This is far from a comprehensive list, so let us know what else you think should be included in the comments below!

About the author
Melody Moezzi, an award-winning author and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is also an activist, attorney, and keynote speaker. Her most recent book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, joins her earlier works: the critically acclaimed Haldol and Hyacinths and War on Error, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention. In addition to her Flight of Ideas column for bp Magazine, Moezzi’s writing has appeared in many outlets, including Ms. magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC News, the Guardian, HuffPost, Al Arabiya, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN, BBC, NPR, PBS, PRI, and more. Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University, the Emory University School of Law, and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She divides her time between Cambridge, MA, and Wilmington, NC, with her husband, Matthew, and their ungrateful cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin. For more information, please visit melodymoezzi.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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