Acute Mental Health Teams provide intensive support for people who are experiencing an acute, or a ‘crisis’ episode during their mental illness. Hospital at home is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our teams help people by giving short-term, intensive periods of support within your own home or the local community in order to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
Once you start to feel better, but still need longer term support, you will normally be referred back to our Community Mental Health Team.
Get access to this service
If you feel that you need support from any of our services, you should speak to your GP to request a referral. After discussing with your GP, they will make a referral to your local Acute Mental Health Team.
How we can help
We know that people usually feel safer, more relaxed and recover better when in their own homes, even when they’re very unwell, support is there to help where needed to enable independence, and try to assist people to continue living as normal life as possible.
The team includes:
- Clinical psychologists
- Occupational therapists
- Support workers
We want to make sure the treatment and support you receive is tailored to your individual needs. Everyone is different and what works for one person might not work for someone else.
We also want you to be able to take much greater control over the way you are treated, and will encourage you to set your own goals, priorities and hopes for the future. We focus on your recovery from illness, rather than just on your treatment. This approach is called the ‘recovery’ principle and runs through all of the work that we do.
We use a range of therapies to help promote your recovery. These include things like psychological (‘talking’) therapies, prescription of medication, occupational therapy and specialist support.
We want to work with you to keep you out of hospital where possible. However, if together we decide with you that the best thing for you would be a short stay in hospital, we will make sure we find you a bed to get this support. From the start of your time in hospital, we will create a plan with you which works towards getting you back home as soon as possible.