I'm trying to get the crisis line in the county I live in and the MH police to understand how to work with people with DID when they call the crisis line, or if the MH police come out to their home. I know the things I think would be helpful to me --- I've only had to deal with the crisis line a few times and the police one time because the crisis line did not understand the circumstances and DID. So, I'd like anyone -- which is why I am posting this in the open forum section for things they think would help them understand how to work with us. I'm going to try to make a presentation for both these entities.
Examples that I think would be beneficial are:
Sometimes, we say we and we do not like having to explain what "we" means and that may cause an angry teen to come out and say some not so nice things. Also, sometimes, when we are in crisis, the littles are the ones who call to get help, so although we are a much older body, they are speaking to a part who may not understand terms or questions the body's age might understand. Also, our memory is not great and time is basically non existent, so, if asked "when" something happened or any time type questions, we will probably not be able to answer but if pressed, will just make up a time to please the person asking. Another is that if a little calls, we are probably safe enough for no one to come out to our place, it means the littles just need guidance in what to do.
We are hoping you all might have more suggestions. Please respond if you do. We'd like to start this project soon, and have the name of the contact person to speak with to ask if we can give the presentation, so once we know we are on track with that, we will be making the presentation. The MH police here are one of few MH police anywhere and other counties and states are asking them to train them, so we'd like to get this going prior to them going out and teaching. Thank you so much for reading this and hopefully giving input.