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Prasada

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Most people don't hear from them out of the blue. Usually you are referred and/or have an assessment by them when you call them like Marchhare had to do, where they explain it all to you.
Indeed. However, my understanding is that an unexpected letter (or phone message) is received, saying that the person is being referred to a “Crisis Team”, without any proper explanation – not even saying what a Crisis Team is – and that this can cause anxiety. This seems to be what happened to Marchhare, who started this thread as a result, asking: “what do these teams do?” In addition, there was, initially, only an answer machine at the other end of the line.

There was a significant delay between the referral and her finding out what it was all about at the weekend, as described above. Those who send the referral message should give more detail.
 
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Very true. I do often think that people working within the Mental Health care sector do forget that some people are new to it, and may not be familiar with all of their agencies, provisions and acronyms.
 
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They should think things through a bit more. It reminds me of people who write instructions pertaining to computers or software and assume that people know more than they do. They will, for example, give you a detailed list of registry commands but fail to tell you what the registry is or where to find it. I often hear people saying: ‘I know everything apart from how to get started’.
 
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I should probably say in passing that the above comments apply to most bureaucracies and many large companies, including the utility companies.
I agree with you completely, or any Government run service to be fair!

By the way, sorry to hear about the lurgy, Sapphire. I wish you a speedy recovery.
Thank you Prasada, TBH chatting on here is helping. It helps me keep in touch in a way where I can't breathe over people and spread the hog flu! And keeps my mind off its symptoms! (y)
 
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I've never heard of someone having being "referred" to the crisis team full stop. Where I live the crisis team are/do "what they say on the tin" for people in crisis and they are open to anyone who refers themselves for that reason ie: in crisis.

My local crisis team consist of consultant psychiatrists, PCN's psychologists and social workers amongst others.
 
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Well I just had an awful experience with the crisis team. My CPN gave me the number for them should I ever need it. I called this morning in the middle of a total meltdown. I got an answering machine, which tells you to leave your name and number and they'll call you back "within 10 minutes", after half an hour I called again and left my details in case it didn't work the first time. 4 hours later still nothing :(
 
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Well I just had an awful experience with the crisis team. My CPN gave me the number for them should I ever need it. I called this morning in the middle of a total meltdown. I got an answering machine, which tells you to leave your name and number and they'll call you back "within 10 minutes", after half an hour I called again and left my details in case it didn't work the first time. 4 hours later still nothing :(
That's really bad summer. The worrying thing is you're in the same part of the country as me:scared: I haven't yet bothered to ring them but your experience doesn't sound good.

Lets hope they get back to you soon xx
 
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Well I just had an awful experience with the crisis team. My CPN gave me the number for them should I ever need it. I called this morning in the middle of a total meltdown. I got an answering machine, which tells you to leave your name and number and they'll call you back "within 10 minutes", after half an hour I called again and left my details in case it didn't work the first time. 4 hours later still nothing :(
I Summer that is terrible. Have you tried calling your local mental health team. I know they probably won't be there but they are likely to leave a number for the local duty social worker, who you can call and explain your experience and that you feel you need some help and support.

You can also take yourself down to A&E if you feel unsafe and at risk, and again explain what has happened, who you called and how your feeling, and they can refer you on to some support, or at least keep you safe for the time being.

They both may call the crisis team for you, and get to the bottom of why they are not calling back.

I hope that helps, and hang in there. Do keep posting on here, if it helps, there are many people on this site who understand :hug:
 
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Oh I do understand how you feel over the crisis team. I have had 3/3 bad experiences with the crisis team and my GP knows now never to get them involved again. I was feeling suicidal when they came out to see me nd just after they left their visit caused me to carry out m thoughts. They were truely nasty.

Please do keep talking here
 
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where is your crisis team based?
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mine is west yorkshire (bradford)
I have MHT nurse that comes to the house sometimes and she is ok, I think with her it is the trust I need to build up
 
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mine is based in Bath and wonderd if it is the same as Summer's.
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My experience of our local crisi team is being referred by my CPN when I was feeling particularly suicidal. I was told that they were the gatekeepers of entry into hospital (I really felt that I needed to go into hospital for some safe time). The crisis team came and assessed me and gave me the option of either going into hospital or staying out and being under their care. I felt like they were twisting my arm but I stayed out of hosp and instead had daily visits from members of the team to check on my progress. I also had access to a 24 hour telephone number if I needed specific help. Overall I didn't like the visits, they mostly came in pairs and were good at the good cop bad cop routine leaving me feeling pretty bruised mentally but I improved and am now back under the sole care of my CPN, gp and pdoc. My friends thinks the crisis team were the best thing that happened to me whereas I hated it. Oh well.

Interesting that everyones experience sounds so different (except for a fairly common negative theme!)
 
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