TypeAt Risk Mental State (ARMS) Services
ARMS stands for the At Risk Mental State Service, we work with young people and adults aged between 14 and 35 years old for up to one year.
Our aim is to help prevent or delay the development of a first episode of psychosis, and we support people with all aspects of their lives including mental wellbeing, social functioning, employment and general quality of life.
Who is this service for? Those aged between 14 and 35 years old who might meet our criteria fall into one of three groups.
These are as follows:
- Vulnerability Group: People who have a family history of psychosis and significant difficulties in living their lives the way they want to.
- Attenuated Psychosis Group: People who have confusing, distressing, or unusual experiences which are infrequent or unclear, and who are finding it difficult to live their lives the way they want to.
- ‘BLIP’ (Brief, Limited, Intermittent Psychosis) Group: People who have experienced an intense period of confusing, distressing, or unusual experiences which may be called psychosis, which went away within a week and without taking medication. People in this group also describe having difficulties living their lives the way they want to.
How to access this service? All referrals to the ARMS service should be made via the NSTEP System One e-referral. For urgent advice and support please contact the Integrated Response Hub on 0800 448 0828.
Contacting us and opening hours
We operate as a 9am-5pm service 5 days a week and we aim to arrange visits around locations and times that are most acceptable to you.
For general enquiries contact us on 01536 452411.
Meet the team
Our service users will benefit from a range of support depending upon their needs, including Individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and / or group work and family work, community support and telephone monitoring and support.
Our team consists of a variety of mental health workers who can offer these services:
- The ARMS team is led by a Clinical Psychologist who is involved with conducting assessments and supervises each of the team members, offering guidance and support to ensure the smooth running of the service.
- The Assistant Psychologist conducts assessments and supports the psychological interventions offered by the ARMS team, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), group work and family work. The assistant psychologist also takes a lead role in evaluating the work of the team.
- The Community Support Worker provides practical advice, support and guidance. They take a social and informal approach offering support on an individual or group basis.
They can help support people with getting back into employment, volunteering or education, help with benefits, as well as developing social and independence skills. The support worker will provide Family Work if beneficial.
The CBT Therapist is the main clinician responsible for offering individual therapy alongside assessments. CBT sessions vary in frequency and duration as they are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and challenges at any one time and this is reviewed together with the individual at regular intervals. Sessions will be offered with the aim of developing the individual’s understanding of factors which increase and decrease the symptoms they experience, whilst also introducing skills to enable individual’s to return to living a life they desire, or create a life worth living.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT is based on the theory that what we think (cognitions), what we do (behaviours) and how we feel (emotions and body sensations) are all connected and therefore changing one also alters the others.
The therapy helps you to explore ways to challenge unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions and introduces different coping strategies to replace those that may aid in the maintenance of problems.
CBT is based on an individual’s specific needs, values, and strengths. Sessions are tailored to their goals for therapy with regular reviews to discuss progress or barriers to moving forward.
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