West Berkshire Council

Supporting People Experiencing Mental Distress

Helping to support people who are experiencing mental health problems

Mental illness is a term which describes a number of conditions of the mind that can impact on the health and wellbeing of an individual.

Many of these conditions can be treated with advice from a doctor, however for some people mental illness can have a severe impact on a their ability to cope with life. These people may need specialist support. Whenever possible this is provided by community-based teams. For a small number of people a short period of treatment in a specialist hospital may be necessary.

The Common Point of Entry (CPE) takes new referrals for mental health services and makes an initial screening assessment. People may be offered advice and be signposted to other services and support groups if they are not eligible for secondary mental health services.

To contact the CPE please call - 0300 365 0300.

If appropriate, the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) will respond. This is a specialist team of mental health professionals who provide crisis and home treatment support for adults who would otherwise be admitted to a psychiatric hospital. When needed they also help with admissions to inpatient care and support hospital discharge.

West Berkshire Council's Specialist Mental Health Team (SMHT) provide a service which supports people with severe and enduring mental ill health with complex social care needs. The team comprises of social workers and approved mental health professionals, who offer a range of interventions to support people back to recovery. This team also carries out duties under the Mental Health Act 1983.

West Berkshire's Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) is a secondary service provided by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which supports people with severe and enduring mental illness with a focus on recovery. Within the team are psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists.