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Editors: Barbara Meyers, PhD, MDiv, CPS; Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD; W. Reid Smithdeal, MSW, LCSW, CPSS; Oryx Cohen, MPA; and Shira Collings, MS, LPC

Emotional CPR recounts how a team, mainly comprising individuals with personal experiences of severe mental health conditions, developed a novel method to aid those in mental health crises. Unlike conventional approaches, this method prioritizes establishing a heart-to-heart connection over diagnosis. By treating individuals as resourceful, the approach empowers them to navigate their path forward, fostering revitalization. This approach reflects how the Emotional CPR developers desired to be treated during their own distress, and how such treatment facilitated their journey through distress.