A Community Mental Health Team, also known as a CMHT, is made up of a team of people from different health and social care professions. They work in your community to help you to recover from, and cope with, a mental health problem.
Home treatment is a way of helping people at home rather than in hospital. This can help to avoid the stress, anxiety and upheaval that can happen with a hospital admission. This can include daily or twice daily visits, and help with medication and sorting out practical matters such as accommodation and shopping.
These services are for people who may pose a risk to others and who may have been involved in the criminal justice system. Patients may come from prison or general psychiatric services where there are concerns about the risk they may pose.
Medium secure units
Medium secure units, also known as MSUs, provide hospital care for people with complex mental health problems who may have become involved in the criminal justice system.
Part of the process of helping people to recover from their mental illness is to provide them with leave from hospital. Patients are only granted leave from MSUs once they have begun to respond well to treatment, and only after a detailed assessment has been undertaken by the doctors and nurses responsible for their care.
These services assess people with memory problems so that we can detect if they have the symptoms of dementia. Early diagnosis enables people to take advantage of new treatments to slow the onset of the condition, to plan their care and maintain a higher quality of life.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing (British Association of Art Psychotherapists, 2015).
Dramatherapy will use all of the performance arts within the therapeutic relationship, such as stories, myths, play texts, puppetry, masks and improvisation (British Association of Dramatherapists, 2015).
Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage creatively using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self (Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, 2015).
Music therapy uses music to help their clients achieve therapeutic goals through the development of the musical and therapeutic relationship. Music therapists work with the natural musicality styles and genres including free improvisation to offer appropriate, sensitive and meaningful musical interaction with their clients (British Association for Music Therapy, 2015).
Arts therapists work within institutions as members of multidisciplinary teams and collaborate with other professionals including medical and health care staff, teachers or prison and probation staff. The discipline is available across various services within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
The disciplines can be accessed by children, young people, adults and the elderly across a variety of disabilities and diagnoses, including emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses. Arts therapies can be accessed as part of a group or individually and interventions can be short-term or long-term, depending on reasons for referral
People who are referred to an arts therapist do not need to have previous experience of art, drama, dance or music. Art and expressions are used as a medium for confronting difficult emotions and to support awareness and self-development.