The High Intensity Network is leading and coordinating new standards of crisis care across the NHS and other emergency services, specifically for people struggling with highly intensive patterns of trauma, mental health problems and behavioural disorders.
Our work supports these patients so that they can truly be at the centre of their own care, as we empower and mentor them towards safer and healthier lives. Our model of care gradually reduces risk and harm to both themselves and others. It also reduces the chance of criminal justice contact and it assists front line crisis response teams to make more appropriate, less reactive and more consistent decisions.
Slowly we are beginning to support this group of patients in much more effective ways; changing life stories, one patient at a time.
We now work with over 35 Mental Health Trusts and 25 Police Forces across England. Together, we are in the process of launching over 60 high intensity intervention teams, from Carlisle in the north to Plymouth in the South.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
We work mainly with people who express their emotional distress through high risk and high impact public place incidents. Most of these individuals do so because they do not want to complete suicide, but in the process they increase the risks of death by misadventure.
What are your current priorities?
To ensure every NHS Mental Health Trust and Police Force in England and Wales have a high intensity intervention and that they are connected effectively.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Reluctant organisations who put their own agendas first before the wider need to safeguard nationally.