24 hour support for mental health crisis now available locally

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Friday, February 17th, 2017
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HTCR 12 8 9584A home treatment service for people with a severe mental health crisis is now available across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust 24 hours a day – seven days a week. Around one in four people in Northern Ireland will experience problems with their mental health at some point in their lives. Having just celebrated their 10th anniversary, the Home Treatment Crisis Response Service is a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and support workers who help families to ensure that their loved one receives the care and treatment they need and can recover at home. Last year, the service helped prevent hospital admissions for around 550 people experiencing acute mental illnesses, including psychotic disorders, depressive illness and anxiety disorders. Dr Neta Chada, Associate Medical Director for Mental Health Services in the Southern Trust explained, “Home Treatment Crisis Response helps people who are at an acute stage of mental illness and need intensive input quickly. We know that people recover better in their own surroundings, close to their loved ones and want to avoid the added distress of a hospital admission.
  “Once we receive the referral, our team aims to visit the patient within three hours for assessment. If suitable for home treatment we agree a plan which could include up to three daily visits and a range of medical or therapeutic treatments depending on the patient’s specific needs.
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