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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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    Abstract

    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis resolution; mental health; social care
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Practice : Social Work in Action
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0950-3153
    Depositing User: JW Morton
    Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2010 11:20
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:44
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12626

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