n Mental Health Matters - Admission to an acute inpatient psychiatric unit

Volume 2, Issue 1
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To be in a position to have to consider the admission of a relative, or other associate, to an acute psychiatric unit for assessment and treatment is, at best, very challenging. Many questions exist, for example, who can initiate such a process, what are the steps and procedures to follow and who can assist? Especially if it's an involuntary scenario and the person concerned may not want to be admitted and is actively opposing such a suggestion. These situations are often aggravated when aggressive, or threatening behaviour is displayed, or if self-inflicted harm occurs and concerns exist about the risk of suicidality.

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