Crisis resolution: A service response to mental distress

Morton, JW ORCID: 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.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
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: 16 Feb 2022 10:48

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