Southern DHB Mental Health Emergency Services
Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions
Southland Mental Health Emergency Team (SMHET)
- Programme Areas
Crisis / acute, Mental health
- Programme Type
DHB Mental Health Crisis, Intake / assessment
Central Lakes, Southland
- Age Groups
Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua
- Referral Types
Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections
Call 0800 46 78 46.
It is preferred that referrers contact the team by telephone as this is a mobile team and staff may not always be on-site to attend to walk-in referrals. Telephone referrals may be made to the service through the following channels:
- General Practitioners - including after hours service
- Community agencies - e.g. Police, St John, Supporting Families, PACT and also Southern DHB
- Self presentation, friends family/whānau, concerned members of the public
If the referral is considered urgent, i.e. life threatening, immediate phone contact for consultation is vital.
The Southland Mental Health Emergency Team (SMHET) provides a 24 hour/7 day week service for people who need crisis mental health (emergency) treatment, assistance and information about The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act.
- Southland Mental Health Emergency Team (SMHET) Brochure (PDF, 650.2 KB)
Operates out of Southland Hospital
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This page was last updated at 12:43PM on February 10, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Mental Health Emergency Services.