Rapid Response Team

The Greater Manchester Rapid Response Team is a team of mental health professionals providing support to children and young people under 18 years old in mental health crisis.  
 
We provide community-based rapid assessment and brief intensive support for up to 72 hours. 

Who is our service for

Our service is for children and young people presenting in a mental health crisis.

Who do we work in partnership with?

This service is delivered in partnership with Pennine Care, Greater Manchester Mental Health and the Children's Society.  

What will happen at your first visit?

At your first appointment you will usually see a mental health practitioner and a youth support worker. At this meeting, we will get to know you and your family to find out more about how we can help you. 
 
We do have to ask a lot of questions about risk and how you are feeling but we do this to ensure we have all the relevant information we need to make sure we support you in the right way and help you in a way that makes you feel safe. 
 
We will complete a safety plan with you on the first visit that you will keep. The safety plan will include how you can keep yourself safe and the phone numbers for people you may need to contact.  
 
Another document we use is a care plan. This will be about you and what support we can put in place for you over the next 72 hours.  
 
We are aware that sometimes the first visit involves a lot of talking but you can take a break at any time. You can also tell the practitioner if you feel they are not asking the right questions. It's really important that we get our assessment right so we can support you in a way that really helps and benefits you.   

How to access our service

You can be referred to our team by professionals from the following services: 

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 
  • ATOM 
  • Early Intervention Team 
  • School Link Team 
  • Eating Disorder Service 
  • Building Attachments and Bonds Support 
  • Mental Health Crisis Line 
  • NHS 111 
  • Mental Health Liaison Team 
  • Greater Manchester Assessment and Inreach Centre.  

If you have been seen by our service before, you can self-refer for up to six months after discharge by calling 0300 323 0911.  
 
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need urgent help, please contact our Mental Health Crisis Line on Freephone 0800 051 3253