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Pressure injuries (also known as pressure ulcers) are caused by intense and long-lasting pressure that damages the skin, and the tissue under the skin. They can develop in a very short time and take a long time to heal. Pressure injuries can negatively impact a person’s relationships, physical and mental health, and ability to perform day-to-day activities. In most cases, pressure injuries can be prevented. And when they do occur, they can be healed.

A crisis is an emotional and physical reaction to a life event. The life events that can cause a crisis are diverse, and may include receiving a new medical diagnosis, loss of a loved one, experiencing violence, witnessing a natural disaster, or being exposed to triggers that bring back past trauma. A crisis event may interfere with your ability to cope and do daily activities. This fact sheet goes over what to do during a crisis, who to go for help and how to cope with a crisis in the future.