mental health crisis teams in general terms are failing and failing badly.
please note the telephone number and who to contact at the bottom of the page.
If a person’s mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, this can be called a mental health emergency or mental health crisis. In this situation, it’s important to get help quickly.
Your care plan
If you have a care plan, it has names and numbers to call in an emergency. If you have been or are being treated for a mental illness, you should have a care plan.
Where to go for help
If you don’t have a care plan, or cannot find it, you could:
- make an emergency appointment with your doctor or call your doctor’s surgery out-of-hours service if the emergency is at night or the weekend
- call your mental health worker if you have one
- call your local mental health crisis team
- go to the accident and emergency department at your local hospital
Mental health crisis team
All local trust areas have a mental health crisis team. These teams are made up of psychiatric nurses, social workers and support workers. They:
- carry out assessments under the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986
- provide support and short-term help until another team is available or the help is no longer needed
If you are caring for someone
If you feel someone is a danger to themselves or others call your local social services team.
If there is an immediate danger call the police on 999