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Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme: A guide for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs)

You may have been asked to sign an evidence form as part of the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme, or you may have heard about Breathing Space and want to learn more about it.

This guide explains what the Mental Health Breathing Space scheme is and how as an Approved Mental Health Professional, you can help people in a mental health crisis and in debt.

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Why you should download the guide

The Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme guide for Approved Mental Health Professionals explains everything you need to know about the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme. This will help you understand how the scheme works, and how you can support people in a mental health crisis and in debt.

The guide can help you:

  • Understand what a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space is.
  • See how you can refer someone for a Mental Health Breathing Space.
  • Find out what you need to do if you are an Approved Mental Health Professional.
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What's in the guide

The Guide is designed to inform Approved Mental Health Professionals of the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme and how you can help the people you support. The guide covers the following questions:

  1. What is the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme?
  2. What is the definition of ‘mental health crisis treatment’?
  3. How can it help the people I am supporting?
  4. How can I refer someone to the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme?
  5. Who is taking referrals in England?
  6. What is a Nominated Point of Contact?
  7. How else can I help?
  8. Where can I find out more?

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Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme guide for Approved Mental Health Professionals

Download the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme guide for Approved Mental Health Professionals and find out how you can help the people you are supporting.

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Further information for Approved Mental Health Professionals

In addition to the guide, the following links will give you further information and training regarding the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme, and the resources to refer someone for a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space:

This form must be signed by you - an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHPs) - before referring someone for a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space.

This is where you can refer someone to for a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space.

Government guidance for the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme

This training is for health and care professionals, who may be required to deal with requests from debt advice providers related to a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme.

Here you can read guidance from Rethink and register for upcoming webinars to find out more about the Breathing Space service.

If you or the patient you are supporting need further advice and information on debts, you ca contact us by phone on 0808 8010745 or email breathingspace@mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org

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