Notes to editors
1. London's State of Mind: King's Fund Mental Health Inquiry 2003, by Ros Levenson, Angela Greatley and Janice Robinson, is available from King's Fund publications on 020 7307 2591, price £20 (£10 for voluntary organisations).
2. The Inquiry will be launched at a breakfast discussion at the King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, W1G 0AN, between 8am and 10am on Tuesday, 18 November. Lord Hunt of King's Heath, Senior Associate of the King's Fund, will chair the discussion. Peter Horn, Chief Executive of the London Development Centre for Mental Health; Stuart Bell, Chief Executive of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust; and John Wilkins, Director of Mental Health at the North West London Strategic Health Authority, will respond.
3. Assertive outreach team - specialist multi-disciplinary team designed to meet the needs of the small number of people living in the community with severe mental health problems and complex needs who have difficulty engaging with services, and who often require repeat admissions to hospital. The team provides frequent contact over a long period of time. Crisis resolution team - specialist multi-disciplinary team offering treatment, care and support to people with sever mental health problems suffering an acute crisis. Working to maintain people in the least restrictive environment - usually the person's home - the team works intensively to treat and resolve the acute problems, and to enable the person to return to their usual level of care.
4. For further information, including case studies on good services and invitations to the breakfast discussion, please contact Daniel Reynolds in the King's Fund public affairs office on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927.