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 gives you information on who to contact if you feel that the situation has reached crisis and they need urgent help.
- A mental health crisis can mean different things. It generally means 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 their mental health is getting worse. If possible, try to get help early.
- Different services can help your relative in a crisis, such as the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) or crisis team.
- In some circumstances, the Mental Health Act might be needed. The ‘nearest relative’ can ask social services to think about assessing your relative under the Mental Health Act.
This section covers:
- What do we mean by crisis?
- How do I get help from professional services?
- The Mental Health Act
- What if I have problems with getting help?
- How do I get help for myself?
In this section, we refer to the person you know or care for as your relative, though we understand that you may not be related.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in December 2016. Next review December 2019.
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