Adult Mental Health Services
Mental illness is very common and affects about one in four people at some point throughout their lives. It is often feared and misunderstood and people may be reluctant to seek help and treatment and experience prejudice and discrimination in how others treat them. Mental illness affects the way we think, perceive, feel and behave. It also has impact on the lives of family members and friends.
Adult Mental Health Services consists of a range of community and facility based services but also has contracts with a number of independent service providers.
Find out more about the NICE guidelines we use for Mental Health Services.
Crisis Intervention Service
In-patient facilities at both Gransha and the Tyrone and Fermanagh hospitals including integrated Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit beds. Hospital admission is for the benefit of those service users whose circumstances or acute care needs are such that they cannot, at that time, be treated and supported appropriately at home or in an alternative, less restrictive, community-based residential setting.
Home Treatment teams support service users in their own homes avoiding admission to, or after discharge from hospital.
Acute day care facilities support those who do not require hospital admission but need a high level of support. These facilities have a multi-disciplinary staff who provide a programme of therapeutic activities and treatment for service users.
Primary Care Liaison Service
This service will acts as a single point of contact from all referrals from primary care and general hospitals including emergency and out of hours referrals.
Psychological Therapies Service
This is a multidisciplinary service targeting those with severe and complex psychological disorders. They also provide specialist treatment and support to service users for a range of eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia. Find out more about Adult Psychological Services.
Adult Psychological Services
Old Bridge House
Telephone: 028 7132 0143
Recovery Services and the Recovery College
The Trust provides specialist mental health teams based on the recovery ethos and focused on the needs of those with severe and enduring mental health problems.
Alcohol and Drug Services
The Trust has multidisciplinary Alcohol and Drug Treatment Teams, community based alcohol crisis beds; and community based home detoxification service.
Think before you drink! The Alcohol and Pregnancy Guide is for you if you think you might be pregnant now or hope to be in the future. It is aimed at answering some of the questions you may have about alcohol and pregnancy. It will guide you to make healthier choices.
Asha Centre: Complex Detoxification Unit
This is an 8 bedded regional detoxification unit which accepts referrals from Community Addiction Teams throughout Northern Ireland. We offer the opportunity for medical detoxification and/or stabilisation for clients with complex drug and alcohol issues.
The service is from 1-4 weeks depending on clients’ needs and involves a multidisciplinary approach of medical detox, 1:1 counselling and educational group work. Follow up treatment will be provided by a keyworker in the Community Addiction Team who made the initial referral.
This is a specialist multidisciplinary team providing treatment, support and advice on forensic issues.
Condition Management Programme
This is a 12 week programme of short, work focused, cognitive educational interventions aimed at helping clients to understand and manage their health conditions. A multidisciplinary team of health professionals work together to offer clients help and support to cope with single or multiple health conditions that are causing a barrier to work. Find out more about the Condition Management Programme
Regional Mental Health Care Pathway - Promoting Hope, Opportunity and Personal Control
This Care Pathway is for people who require mental health care and support. The Care Pathway recognises that all treatment and care needs to be highly personalised and recovery orientated.
The purpose of the Care Pathway is not only to provide guidance on the steps of care to be delivered but it is designed also to enhance the quality of service experience and promote consistency of service delivery across Northern Ireland.
At the heart of this Care Pathway is the recognition that people, whether they are using, supporting or providing a service, have a positive contribution to make. Through the development and implementation of this Care Pathway over the next three years we are confident that it will help to promote a genuine partnership approach in Mental Health Services.
SHARA – Self Help Anxiety Reduction App
Our Adult Mental Health and Disability Directorate are delighted to launch a new self-help anxiety reduction app, named SHARA, as a tool to help people suffering from anxiety.
My family member has been detained: what does this mean?
In certain circumstances, people with mental health difficulties can be compulsorily admitted to a psychiatric hospital. When someone has to be detained against their will for assessment (or assessment and treatment), the law that covers these situations is The Mental Health (NI) order 1986 (the MHO).
If a person who is suffering from a mental disorder and who poses a substantial risk of serious physical harm to themselves or others refuses to enter hospital voluntarily, then an Approved Social Worker (ASW) can apply to have them compulsorily detained.
An ASW is a social worker with specialist mental health training. An application for compulsory detention by an ASW must be accompanied by a doctor’s recommendation, preferably from a GP who knows the patient.
On arrival at hospital, the person is further assessed by hospital doctor to decide whether admission is necessary and justified. The initial assessment period is for up to 7 days and can be extended for another 7 days (up to 14 days in total).
If continued detention is required, the person must be detained, under Article 12 of the Mental Health Order, for treatment – for potentially up to six months, then a further six months, then for a year at a time. Any person compulsorily detained under the mental Health Order can make an application to the Mental Health Review Tribunal challenging the lawfulness of his or her detention. The nearest caring relative of the person detained can also apply to the Mental Health Review Tribunal to appeal the detention should they feel that their family member no longer requires detention.
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