Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) - About CMHTs
What are Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)?
If you have mild or moderate mental health problems you can get treatment from primary care services. For example:
- help from your GP, or
- talking therapy from your local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.
If you need more support, your GP may refer you to a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). CMHTs are called secondary care services. You may also hear them called the Community Recovery Team or the ssessment and Brief Treatment team.
Health professionals from different backgrounds work in the CMHT. They work together to help you get better. A team may have one main clinic or office. Or they may work in different places, like GP surgeries or health centres. You may be offered home visits. This will depend on your NHS Mental Health Trust.
CMHTs are for people aged between18 and 65. There are different mental health teams for other age groups. They are:
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), for people under 18 years old, and
- Older Adult Mental Health Teams, for people who are over 65.
There are also specialist CMHTs. For example:
- crisis teams (for people experiencing a mental health crisis),
- Assertive Outreach Teams (for people with complex mental health
- needs), and
- Early Intervention Teams (for people experiencing their first episode
- of psychosis).
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