A mental health crisis can affect anyone at any time. For some, the onset of a crisis will be sudden; often a response to extreme stress or personal difficulties, where a person was previously managing work, family life and finances
with relative ease. Other people may experience ongoing difficulties managing relationships, employment and money, and generally lead hard and chaotic lives. For people who have severe and enduring mental health problems, such
as schizophrenia, bipolar or a personality disorder, episodic crises may be a recurring feature of their illness. Of the 162 people with experience of mental health crisis who participated in a recent money and mental health
survey, nearly three quarters (72%) had experienced multiple mental health crises.
When finances are not adequately addressed, people can fall into a vicious circle whereby their recovery from a crisis is compromised by ongoing financial difficulty. Failure to resolve the social and financial consequences of
the crisis, such as housing, debt and benefits, can result in longer hospital stays and readmissions. This represents not only a tragedy for the individuals involved, but also has an impact on service provision and capacity.
CAPE has adopted a strength-based strategy, that ensures future focused interventions that not only respond to the current level of need and past circumstances but aims to leave the individual and their networks stronger in the
This post Will work with CAPE clients and others across the community, including those communities who find barriers to accessing services. This post will aim to work with those in crisis and those when they are well to ensure
they have the tools and experience to deal with crisis in the future.