Assertive Intervention Stabilisation Team (ASSiST)
We don't all think, behave, and see things in the same way. Our personalities are what make us individual, and are based on our experiences growing up and the environment we live in. Personality disorders are a type of mental health condition were you may have trouble managing intense emotions.
If you’re currently being treated in our hospital for a personality disorder or a similar intense emotional condition, our Assertive Intervention Stabilisation Team (ASSiST) can help you receive treatment at home, and avoid unnecessary visits to hospital in future.
Having difficulties with emotionally intense thoughts can impact your day to day life. It may be that you’ve had troubling thoughts of self-harm, feeling emotionally exhausted and perhaps rely on substances like drugs and alcohol.
Our aim is to help you with your difficulties. Through ASSiST, we help you build the psychological skills to manage your situation, maintain your independence and focus on your strengths and recovery.
We can do this in your home, or in your local community, and avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital. We can offer you the opportunities to build on your strengths and qualities, and help you to find a purpose in life.
Once you’re referred to us and we have assessed your needs, we’ll create a care and transition plan together with you covering different therapies and activities, such as:
- Introducing you to our Voluntary Peer Mentors (VPM), who can share their similar experiences and guide you through your journey
- Giving you access to community facilities like lifelong learning, Greencare, volunteer activities and interest groups to help build your confidence and social experiences
- Helping you identify and manage your emotional distress trigger points
- Teaching you the psychological skills to help you manage emotional intensity, unhelpful thoughts and challenging behaviours
- Creating a safety plan to help you feel calm and in control
- Advising you on how to overcome any substance dependence you may have such as alcohol and drugs
- Offering you a membership in a community group to help you develop a sense of belonging and purpose, and normalise your emotional experiences
We’ll also agree the best way for us to stay in touch with you, and any other services you’re receiving care from. This could be through text message, email, or regular calls.
This will help us and our other teams keep track of your progress, and provide a way for you to contact us directly if you’re going through a difficult period.
Support from ASSiST usually lasts for around 12 weeks following your discharge from hospital, but this depends on your needs.
Access to ASSiST is based on your treatment situation. To be referred to us by your GP or care professional, you typically need to meet the following criteria:
- Registered with a GP in the Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead or Bracknell areas
- Diagnosed with a personality disorder, or assessed as having an emotional intensity and instability condition
- Currently admitted as an inpatient, or recently discharged from our hospital
If we feel that you may benefit from another service, we’ll discuss this with you and suggest a referral.
We’ll also tell you about the other areas of support available to you.
Unfortunately, we do not accept self referrals. However, you may ask your care professional to explore with us if ASSiST could be helpful to you.
Our ASSiST team is based in Slough, but we work with teams across Berkshire.
We're available for contact 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
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Please don't visit our centre unless you're referred to us and have an appointment booked.