Despite the easing of some lockdown measures, this continues to be a very challenging time for many. With guidance changing on what feels like a daily basis, it is completely normal to feel a sense of uncertainty and frustration at being unable to plan ahead or to know what will happen next.
An annual multi-media exhibition hosted by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is this year emphasising the increasing support the Trust is providing for people's physical as well as their mental health.
Our next "Mental Health Matters" events for our Trust service user and staff members will explore the issue of labelling of mental health conditions and whether there is a risk that this leads sometimes to additional stigma.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.