Outreach Barnet, Mental Health Team
At Outreach Barnet Mental Health Team we assist vulnerable people with mental health issues in hospitals and recovery setting with timely discharge from the hospital and provide clients with a period of resettlement support back into the community. We provide housing related support and can also advise you on how to access other services available in Barnet. Our Enhanced Support Workers can signpost you to a range of voluntary organisations providing mental health support and other support network within the London Borough of Barnet.
In addition to casework with individual customers, Outreach Barnet provides a programme of weekly workshops and group activities to help enhance skills, abilities and knowledge and to promote social inclusion. The workshops and activities are wide ranging and include subjects like digital inclusion, debt management, tenancy management and life skills, employability, walking groups and sport activities. Participation in these workshops and activities is included in the support plan and aims to complement the one-to-one casework by assisting individuals to develop life and social skills, to promote self-reliance and empowerment.
Referrals for this service can be made at any time prior to discharge, but it recognised that the benefits of support in preventing delayed discharges are from early identification of problems and issues, so that interventions can be timely and effective. Outreach Barnet staff work with relevant teams in the hospital setting and the recovery houses and are available to take part in support planning and discharge meetings.
If you would like to refer clients, who are currently in the hospital setting and the recovery house, please contact our Duty Desk on 020 3115 1185 for additional information.
What mental health services are available in Barnet and how can I access them if needed?
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides specialist mental health services to people living in the London boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.
Common mental health conditions
Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems and often go hand in hand. While every one of us sometimes feels down, stressed and anxious, these symptoms usually improve over a few days.
- If you however experience symptoms such as continuous low mood, feel anxious, have no motivation and interest in things you used to enjoy and have difficulty sleeping for longer than two weeks, you should approach your GP for help.
- Your GP may refer you to IAPT Barnet (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), which provides talking therapies for depression and anxiety, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling and group work.
Other mental health conditions
More serious mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders require treatment from mental health specialists.
Bipolar disorder is characterised by episodes of depression when you feel very low and episodes of manic behaviour when you feel high and overactive. Schizophrenia causes a range of different symptoms including hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that do not exist) and delusions (beliefs not based on reality). Personality disorders are characterised by overwhelming feelings of anxiety, anger, worthlessness and paranoia as well as difficulty maintaining stable and close relationships.
- If you feel that you or someone you know may have a mental health problem requiring specialist treatment, it is important that you approach your GP for help as soon as possible. You can also speak to another health or social care professional about this. In non-urgent cases, you will be referred to the Triage Service in Barnet, which provides face-to-face assessments of people's mental health needs, offers a variety of treatment including prescribed medication and psychotherapy and refers to other agencies. This service is open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday.
- Should you or someone else experience a crisis and require urgent mental health assessment and treatment, your GP or another health or social care professional will refer you to the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service (CRHT). The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team in Barnet operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also self-refer to Barnet CRHT team by calling 020 8702 4040. Alternatively, you can go to your nearest A&E if you are in a crisis.
- If you have a Care Coordinator and experience a mental health crisis, contact them right away or contact the CRHT team outside your Care Coordinator's working hours.
Some of voluntary organisations providing mental health support in Barnet include:
- Eclipse Barnet – find out more at http://www.eclipsebarnet.org.uk/
- Barnet Voice for Mental Health - more information available at http://bvmh.co.uk/
- Mind – find out more at http://mindinbarnet.org.uk/