Bring Mental and Physical health system more in line (UK)

shadow8

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Hiya

It has been years since I have been on this forum and my life has changed and for once I had some good times, nothing amazing but just feeling I was moving forward for the first time in my life, which felt pretty amazing to me. This year that all came crashing down sadly and I am having to start that process over again. I wont now go into how my life has changed since I first came onto this forum.

Now for the reason I have decided to come on tonight and write this. I am here to ask all of you who live in the UK to help give us all another option in the difficult mental health system we all face. I have noticed something very wrong and that is completely out of line with the way physical health is treated and so I started a petition on the UK governments webiste this is the link Allow GP's to be able to refer patients to out of area mental health services - Petitions . With mental health your GP can only refer you to the services in your area but with a physical health problem you can request to be referred to a different hospital out of your area. As more CMHT are referring people back to their GP's due to lack of funding this is becoming more of an issue for all that suffer with mental health difficulties. It means if anyone needs to be referred back for specialised treatment or would prefer to go to a CMHT in a different area they have to have their GP refer them to their local services for them to make the referral and as they have to fund it they have to have a discussion about whether it will be beneficial. For me I see this as not having the patients best interests in how this is the system, not only does it waste money but also crucial time for someone to be assessed by the right people to help them in the best way. Sometimes a GP has seen past relapses or knows the person enough to know what is different, whereas at a CMHT the person doing the assessment might not have met the person before but gets to be the one to determine the course of action taken.

Please help me with this fight and sign the petition and share it because even if people don't request to be referred out of area at least it gives people another option if they wish.

Relate the mental health system as it is now to someone with a physical possibly life threatening illness. Would you want them to have to be referred from their GP to their area service first and then let them determine if they were a good enough service for them or debate on if they have the funding to send them else where who might be better resourced to help more OR would you want them to have the option of discussing with their GP and being part of the process in their course of treatment like the physical health system is now.

GP's should be able to refer people where they need and want to go for ALL health issues.
 
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It makes me sad to see the amount of signatures on this petition so far is less than the amount of views on this post.
If we dont try to give ourselves more options and work together to do that we are just putting up our own barriers. For things to move forward you have to start somewhere. This really does me a lot to me to try and move it forward bit by bit but I really cant do this alone, so please help me with this.
 
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I can see a slight problem with this. Local CMHT is able to respond to local people, whereas if you're a long way away - they cannot respond physically. They need to be able to pay you a visit at home.
 
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I can see a slight problem with this. Local CMHT is able to respond to local people, whereas if you're a long way away - they cannot respond physically. They need to be able to pay you a visit at home.
I understand what you are saying and appreciate your response and issues with this so I can explain my reason for try to make this happen. This isn't for people to get referred to another CMHT. It is for people to go to places that are specialised treatment places, things like mood and personality disorder teams that aren't in every area or community therapy centres. Local CMHT do refer people to these places sometimes, however it takes time for this to happen and they have to assess if they have the funding for it to be possible before an assessment is done.

For physical health if you suffer with heart problems or have a type of cancer there are hospitals more specialised to treat this and you can request where you go through your GP.

If this happened it wouldn't be for everyone but may make the wait less for people and also saving money in the system as well if people can get referred directly or at least another option for them. It shouldn't come down to what area you live in as to what type of treatment you can access and how quickly you can get it.

If you have any more views on this I would like to discuss them with you as I would like to hear what people think and how the system can be improved. Any step in the right direction can only be a good thing and I know people have ideas and complains about it so let's see if we can put some action into it to make a difference for us and people in the future.
 
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