Be the change: ensuring an effective response to all in psychiatric emergency equal to medical care


This report sets out ten recommendations from a joint international summit on urgent and emergency behavioural healthcare, hosted by NHSCC, England and RI International, USA.  Summit attendees included clinical and non-clinical experts, with experience that included government and law enforcement, and people with lived expertise as a recipient of care or a family member.

The report expands on some of the evidence and drivers for the changes required. It also seeks to identify good practice in systems around the world that can be adapted and adopted in other regions. The status quo needs to be disrupted with a focus on saying ‘yes’ at times of behavioural health crisis.

A number of products were produced on the day of the event, and these can also be downloaded.

3 October 2018