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Accessing Rapid Mental Health Services (ARMHS)


The best care

The ARMHS team offers brief mental health interventions (coping skills and guided self-help) with signposting functions. It is for patients experiencing low level mental health issues.


Key service features:

  • This is a telephone service.

  • The service provides 1-4 sessions with a Mental Health Link Worker dependent on need.

  • Patients can be referred by any member of staff in the GP surgery or the PCN. Patients should be booked in on the GP Confed Hub on System1, if you currently do not have access to the Hub please ask the patient to contact the GP surgery reception to book an appointment.

  • Please note, the ARMHS Team are not counsellors or therapists, they enable patients to access services that are appropriate and available.

  • The ARMHS team will assess the patient and refer to the most appropriate services to meet their needs.


  • If the patients only challenge is their Mental health, please ensure you make a referral to the ARMHS team instead of the social prescribers.

  • Patients with mild to moderate mood disorders who meet the criteria for Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service Talking Therapies (previously known as IAPT) should still be encouraged to self-refer online to the Leeds mental wellbeing service.


Please also refer through to The ARMHS team where the GP or other healthcare professional is uncertain whether Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service(LMWS) Talking Therapies (previously known as IAPT) is suitable due to:


  • Patient may struggle to make an IAPT self-referral

  • Nature/severity of the presenting issue is unclear

  • Unsuccessful previous referral to Talking Therapies


Examples of patients unsuitable for ARMHS team referral:


  • Patients under the age of 18 years old

  • OCD/phobia (where this is the predominant issue - requires step 3 CBT through the LMWS)

  • If a patient has been declined from support at CMHT level please consider a referral to the Primary care mental health team

  • Psychosis

  • Acute suicidal ideation- or patient in mental health crisis

  • Where alcohol/drug use is the predominant issue (refer to Forward Leeds)

  • Eating disorders meeting criteria for CONNECT, FREED or LMWS-IAPT, or long standing, established eating disorder where this is the predominant issue (refer to LMWS step 3 CBT and CONNECT support group).

  • Where patients are already under care of CMHT

  • Currently on the waiting list for LMWS Talking Therapies (previously known as IAPT) and low risk of deterioration whilst waiting

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