Emergency Mental Health Services in the Community

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of current understanding about the provision of emergency mental health services in an era of community orientated care. It describes major research findings and theoretical models that will shape future services and illustrates successful services from both Europe and North America. A multidisciplinary team of contributors details the full range of community based services, including acute respite care, home based care, day hospitals, and family placement schemes, as well as the use of accident and emergency departments and acute in-patient wards. They explore the major factors that influence service development, including the costs of acute care, the legal framework for emergency mental health work, and the views of service users.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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'… a timely publication. The editors are to be congratulated for assembling such a comprehensive volume. It should be read by all involved in psychiatry.' Patrick Bracken, The Times Higher Education Supplement
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Table of Contents

1 The scope and limitations of emergency mental health services in the community 3
2 Service models in emergency psychiatry: an international review 16
3 Users' perspective on emergency needs 39
4 Legal aspects of mental health emergencies 61
5 The economics of mental health emergency services 81
6 Suicide prevention 96
7 Using the crisis 116
8 Community assessment of crisis 149
9 Establishing a local emergency service 177
10 Maintaining an emergency service 197
11 Psychiatric emergencies in the casualty department 213
12 Acute crisis respite care 233
13 Family placement schemes as an alternative to short-term hospitalisation 259
14 Acute home-based care and community psychiatry 276
15 Acute day hospital care 298
16 Acute in-patient wards 320
17 The future of mental health emergency services 340
Index 348
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