Mental health problems
If you are currently in a mental health hospital and on leaving have no accommodation to go to, or your accommodation may no longer be suitable for you, please inform a member of staff at the hospital as soon as possible. The hospital discharge team can then refer you to the Housing Options (online e-form) or Adult Social Care services.
Housing Options will then assess your situation and determine what duty, if any, Wiltshire Council has towards you. If you have no accommodation to return to, Housing Options will need to confirm that you are homeless and will ask for your address history for approximately 5 years and may want to speak to your family, friends or landlord.
If you have accommodation that may no longer be suitable for you, the Housing Options team will work with Adult Social Care to try and identify whether it is reasonable for you to return to the property or not. If you are discharged with no accommodation to go to then you may need to stay with family or friends temporarily while you work with Housing Options to find alternative accommodation.
If you aren't able to find temporary accommodation for yourself then the Housing Options team will assess whether or not they have a duty to provide you with temporary accommodation. There is no guarantee of an offer of temporary accommodation until your case has been assessed.
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental well being. These are detailed on the NHS website. If you approach them with an open mind and try them, you can judge the results yourself.
Mental health can include problems such as depression, anxiety or panic and less common psychotic symptoms, which may interfere with a person's perception of reality, and may include hallucinations such as seeing and hearing things that no-one else can.
If you, a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems and need treatment, you can contact your GP (doctor) who will be able to refer you to the most appropriate mental health service. If you are not registered with a doctor, visit the GP search on the NHS website to find your local GP surgery.
Primary care liaison nurses operate alongside GP's; they are specialist and experienced mental health practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to decide if someone will benefit from short-term involvement with their team. The nurses deliver direct patient assessment as well as managing referrals. They operate alongside GPs and other staff to plan treatment and care. They help people to find the best service to meet their needs by offering:
- Advice on books, leaflets and websites that will help people to help themselves
- Referral to other groups or access to other mental health teams
- Advice and support to primary care professionals
To access this service you will be referred by your GP or other health professional.
The mental health social care web page also has lots of information.
Adult Social Care can provide advice and information about social care services available. Please see Wiltshire Adult Social Care Advice and Contact Team.