Advice and support
Mental health teams
Social Care Mental Health Teams work together with the Health Service's Community Mental Health Teams and deal with people's social care needs alongside their health needs. They help people in the community, whether they have just become ill, have a short-term illness, or need on-going support (for example, if they have a long-term illness, or after they have been discharged from a psychiatric hospital).
If you live in the North East of Hampshire the mental health services are provided alongside Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
For the rest of Hampshire services are provided alongside Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
If you live in Southampton or Portsmouth the mental health services are provided by your local unitary authority, not by Hampshire County Council:
Professionals wishing to make a referral into the Mental Health teams should complete a Professional Referral Form.
Mental Health Act section 117 Aftercare services
Some people who have been kept in hospital under the Mental Health Act can get free help and support after they leave hospital. The law that gives this right is section 117 of the Mental Health Act, and it is often referred to as 'section 117 aftercare'.
‘Aftercare’ is the help you will get in the community after you leave hospital. This can cover all kinds of things like healthcare, social care and supported accommodation.
Section 117 of the Mental Health Act says that aftercare services are services which are intended to:
- You are entitled to section 117 aftercare if you have been in hospital under section 3, 37, 45A, 47 or 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
- ‘After-care’ is the help and support you need to minimise the risk of you returning to hospital or relapsing as a result of your mental health.
- You should receive an assessment of your Health and Social Care ‘Aftercare’ needs prior to your discharge from hospital.
- Heath and Social Care teams have a statutory duty to assess your needs jointly; this means they may discuss your case to ensure that you get the right services at the right time.
- Section 117 means that you will not be charged for your ‘Aftercare’ services which have been identified when you are discharged from hospital.
- You may receive ‘Aftercare’ from NHS and/or Social Services.
- Your Aftercare should only stop when the services you receive from the NHS and/or Social Services are no longer needed to meet your assessed ‘Aftercare’ needs.
- You may still be entitled to receive NHS and Social Care services outside of your ‘Aftercare’ needs e.g. access to GP, other Community services, Community Mental Health Teams.
- Services for Social Care outside of ‘Aftercare’ needs are subject to the Council’s Paying for Care Policy that your Social Worker will be able to tell you about.
- If you have any problems or questions, talk to your Care Coordinator/Social Worker or your other contacts in the NHS or Social Services. An advocate might be able to help you do this.
- meet a need that arises from or relates to your mental health problem, and
- reduce the risk of your mental condition getting worse, and you having to go
back to hospital.
Further information and advice is available from Mind – the mental health charity