When to Visit the ER for a Change of Mood

If you or a loved one has experienced prolonged sadness or anxiety, or a sudden loss of interest in daily activities, you (or your loved one) may be suffering from clinical depression.

The good news is that clinical depression is treatable. In general, you do not need to go to the emergency room for a change in mood, but you should call your doctor and schedule an appointment.

There are situations in which abrupt or severe changes in mood are an emergency. If you think you or your loved one may be a danger to yourself or others, seek emergency help immediately.

If You Have These Symptoms, You May Need Emergency Care

Seek ER treatment if you or your loved one experiences or expresses:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Intent to self-harm
  • Intent to harm others

If you feel unsafe in any situation, call 911. If you are having suicidal thoughts, you can also call the crisis hotline at 888-885-1222.

If You Have a History of Mental Illness, You May Need Emergency Care

If you or your loved one have a history of suicidal thoughts, severe clinical depression or substance abuse, seek emergency care in the case of a sudden change in mood—especially if you sense danger to yourself or others.

HealthONE has 11 full-service emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you’re certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to help you. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.

ERs in Metro Denver


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Emergency Room Care / Denver ERs

The Medical Center of Aurora
Saddle Rock ER 
Centennial Medical Plaza
North Suburban Medical Center
North Suburban Northeast ER
Presbyterian / St. Luke's Medical Center
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
Rose Medical Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Southwest ER