Mental Health Act assessment
A Mental Health Act assessment may be appropriate under some circumstances.
Do not request an assessment if there’s an immediate risk of significant harm - call 999 and ask for the police or an ambulance.
For an assessment to be required:
- there must some element of significant risk; acting differently is not risky - there must be specific and identifiable risks of harm to themselves or to others
- other options will have been tried first, like an appointment with a GP, management of risk through the Crisis Team, attendance at the Retreat, assessment by community mental health teams
- there will be evidence of mental disorder, diagnosed or undiagnosed; unusual beliefs or unwise decisions are not necessarily evidence of a mental disorder.
Requests for assessments are passed to the Approved Mental Health Professionals Hub from: