Crisis resolution: A service response to mental distress
Morton, JW 2010, 'Crisis resolution: A service response to mental distress' , Practice : Social Work in Action, 21 (3) , pp. 143-158.
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Crisis Resolution Teams (CRTs) along with other specialist mental health teams (Early Intervention and Assertive Outreach) have emerged as a definite service direction in secondary mental health services and are firmly embedded in mental health policy. This article draws on quantitative data which was collected during a small research study involving 27 interviews with staff in a CRT in a mental health trust in the North West of England. The borough which the CRT serves is largely urban. In terms of ethnicity, the BME (black, minority and ethnic) population makes up approximately 10 per cent of the majority white population according to the operational guidelines for this CRT. The article focuses on the nature of crisis in people presenting to the CRT, the range of interventions which individuals received in the service and the element of their intervention that staff viewed as the most significant. The CRT dealt with a constituency of people presenting with wide-ranging difficulties experiencing a mental health crisis but who could not be described as having a ‘severe’ mental illness. The response to individuals experiencing distress privileged medical-type interventions above social-type interventions. The study questions the validity of targeting those people experiencing severe mental illnesses for CRT services, the appropriateness of medically influenced interventions for individuals in crisis and the relevance of professional function and skill mix in these teams.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||crisis resolution; mental health; social care|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences|
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|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care|
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work > Centre for Social Justice Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||Practice : Social Work in Action|
|Depositing User:||JW Morton|
|Date Deposited:||23 Dec 2010 11:20|
|Last Modified:||16 Mar 2012 16:05|
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