What will happen at the assessment and afterwards?
You will be asked questions about how you are feeling and what is happening now. The person you see could be a doctor, nurse, social worker occupational therapist or psychologist. It will be someone who is an expert in mental health.
You might also be asked about other things such as where you are living, the people in your life and what it was like for you growing up. This is so you and the person doing the assessment can begin to think about what might have caused you to be unwell. This will help us make sure you have all the support you need. The assessment usually takes around an hour, you can have someone with you and we can arrange an interpreter if you need us to do so.
Almost everyone who comes for an assessment goes home to recover under the care of their GP, or in some cases with some support from our teams in the community. A small number of people may need to come into hospital but even among those who have an emergency assessment, only around one in ten needs to stay in hospital.
We’re all different. Our hopes and goals are different, so making a plan is important as you set out on your road to recovery.
We can help you with this plan. It could be really simple – helping you get back to college or work, sort out money issues or find people who share your interests.