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When you come out of hospital after a mental health crisis, you need the right care and support to help you recover and put your life back together. People are especially vulnerable during the first few days – evidence shows that people are most at risk on day 3 and our recent survey found that people who were not followed up within the first week were twice as likely to attempt suicide.

National guidelines state that mental health services should check on everyone within seven days, but we found that one in 10 people still hasn't being followed up after a week.

Seven days is simply too long to wait when someone’s recovery is still at risk. We're calling for everyone to be followed up within 48 hours of leaving hospital after a mental health crisis.

Planning for recovery booklet


We’ve produced a new guide, ‘Planning for recovery’, to help you take part in your own discharge and care planning, think about what you need and know what to expect. We are distributing copies to mental health trusts and boards in England and Wales, and you can also download a pdf version in English and Welsh language versions.

Our campaign explained

When you leave hospital after a mental health crisis you need the right care and support to help you recover. Too many people aren't getting it.

Alison from our Campaigns team explains our campaign and what you can do.

The facts about follow-up

Cc17 Infographic (2)

Last year over 110,000 people spent time in hospital for a mental health problem. What happened after they left?

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We need excellent crisis care

In a mental health crisis, your mind is at melting point. You can’t carry on anymore. There may be an immediate risk of self harm or suicide. You may experience extreme anxiety, have a panic attack or even a psychotic episode. It can happen to anyone.

When people’s lives come crashing down in a mental health crisis, they need help. Urgently. Only 14 per cent of people in crisis got all the help and support they needed.

That’s not acceptable: an emergency is an emergency.

Excellent crisis care exists. It can save lives. And that’s why we need it available for everyone.

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