Mental health emergency

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


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