The first is a leaflet telling people what to do in a crisis, then listing national and local organisations and support groups such as Mind, Saneline, Samaritans and Al Anon, with contact details. Local support was felt to be particularly important as many patients report feeling isolated and unsupported after leaving A&E. Organisations for carers are also listed.The second is aimed at people who self-harm, for use in psychiatric liaison services amongst others.
Each leaflet has been customised for four London boroughs (Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark), making eight leaflets altogether.
The leaflets clearly communicate the support people may need in a crisis. Through disseminating the leaflets in local communities eg GPs and within the trusts making up King’s Health Partners, the team also aim to break down NHS silos, for example between primary and secondary care and between physical and mental healthcare.
Roslyn is happy to share information with anyone wanting to know more, her contact details can be found on the PiF members directory here: @roslynbyfield
For more information about the leaflets and crisis support at SLAM visit their website.