Crisis Teams - About
What are crisis teams?
Crisis teams are part of mental health services. They can support you if you are having a mental health crisis in the community. In the community means you are not in hospital.
Having a mental health crisis can mean different things. It can include:
- thinking about suicide or acting on suicidal thoughts,
- going through psychosis, where you are out of touch with your
- normal reality, or
- doing something that could put you or other people at risk.
If you are not having a crisis you can still get support from other mental health teams. Such as a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).
Crisis teams are sometimes called:
- home treatment teams,
- crisis resolution teams,
- crisis and assessment teams,
- rapid response services, and
- psychiatric emergency services.
You can check what sort of crisis team your area has by:
- looking on your NHS trust’s website,
- calling NHS 111, or
- talking to your GP.
A crisis team can help in different ways. They will carry out an assessment to find out if they can help you. In the assessment they might ask questions about how you’re feeling, what has happened and your mental health history. You can ask a relative, carer or friend to help you in the assessment.
The team may:
- offer medication,
- arrange regular visits, and
- make sure you are in touch with other services to get long-term support.
The team are trying to make sure you don’t need to go into hospital. But you might still need to go if you are very unwell.
A crisis team can also support you when you are discharged from a short stay in hospital. Someone from the team may visit you at home to make sure you are keeping well.
There should be a crisis team in your area which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most crisis teams try to see you either the same day or the next day. This will depend on the situation and how busy they are. You can find out more about how to get help from a crisis team here.
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