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Top tips when supporting someone who is mentally unwell: #9

3 June 2015 1 minute read

Keep calm in a crisis. It can be frightening to be with someone who is extremely distressed and mentally unwell.

Professional help should be available if needed. Every region has a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (or Crisis Team) which can respond to mental health emergencies, and most Accident and Emergency departments will have a mental health professional on duty.

Contact details for Crisis Teams can be found by phoning NHS 111.

If there is an obvious, immediate risk to anyone present contact the emergency services using 999. Do not put anyone in danger.

These simple steps should be helpful in keeping yourself and the person safe until professional help can be accessed, if necessary and appropriate.