What will happen at the assessment and afterwards?
The person will be asked questions about how they are feeling and what is happening now. The person they see could be a doctor, nurse, social worker occupational therapist or psychologist. It will be someone who is an expert in mental health.
They and you might also be asked about other things such as where they are living, the people in their life and what it was like for them growing up. This is so they and the person doing the assessment can begin to think about what might have caused your loved one to be unwell. This will help us make sure you both have all the support you need. The assessment usually takes around an hour. 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 first step on the road to recovery.
We can help you both with this plan. It could be really simple – helping the person get back to college or work, sort out money issues or find people who share their interests.