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Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme: A guide for healthcare professionals

You may have been listed as a Nominated Point of Contact as part of the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme, or you may just have heard about Breathing Space and want to learn more about it.

This guide is written for:

  • Mental health nurses.
  • Care coordinators.
  • Social workers.
  • Independent Mental Health Advocates.
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocates.
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Why you should download the guide

The Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme guide for healthcare 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 if relevant, support the person you are a Nominated Point of Contact (NPOC) for.

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 a Nominated Point of Contact.
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What's in the guide

The Guide is designed to inform healthcare 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. What do I need to do as a Nominated Point of Contact?
  9. Where can I find out more?

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Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme guide for healthcare professionals

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

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Resources for healthcare 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 to for a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space:

This form must be signed by an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) 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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