Tuesday, 17 August 2010

MHFA - crisis intervention

In addition to the umbrella intervention provided by ALGEE (Assess Risk, Listen non-judgementally, Give reassurance, Encourage referral to other agencies, Encourage self-help strategies), MHFA has strong and clear guidelines for crisis intervention. From MHFA:
Crisis First Aid for someone experiencing an acute psychotic episode
  • Do not get involved physically
  • Call the police and explain what is happening, unless the person has a mental health crisis card with clear steps describing how you can help.
  • Try to create a calm, non-threatening atmosphere.
  • Be reassuring, calm and concerned.
  • Do not try to reason with someone who is experiencing acute psychosis.
  • Express empathy for the person’s emotional distress.
  • Comply with reasonable requests

No comments:

Post a Comment