Getting help in a crisis
If your relative has a mental illness, you may find that there are times when their mental illness gets worse. This section aims to give you information on who to contact if you feel that the situation has reached crisis and they need urgent help.
In these pages, we refer to the person you know or care for as your relative, though we understand that you may not be related.
- A mental health crisis can mean different things, but is generally when someone’s health worsens to the point where they need urgent help from professional services.
- You and your relative may notice early warning signs that that their mental health is getting worse. It can be useful to try and get help at this stage to try and stop a possible mental health crisis.
- Different services can help if your relative having a mental health crisis, such as the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) or crisis team.
- In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to use the Mental Health Act. The ‘nearest relative’ can ask social services to think about doing an assessment under the Mental Health Act for your relative.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in Nov 2014. Next review Nov 2016.
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