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firemonkee57

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Re drop ins and help to reduce social isolation.They've not got back to me. Then again Mind didn't when I emailed them about the same thing. I sense service users being socially isolated is not near the top of mental health charities' agendas. If it was there wouldn't be a wholesale drive to shut down drop ins and day centres.
 
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They want to save money so will expect you to use mainstream meetup groups etc without acknowledgeing that socialising with the normals is very very hard, I certainly can't manage it and have given up on that
 
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I am very aware postcode lottery with regards mental health services in each different borough council area.

Also, where I live, it is all the same old people that use the service - which is not a massive amount of people given the size of our town.

Helps a few, but there are so many out there that so called slip through the net and this does truly annoy me. More effort should be placed in becoming more available in certain areas and more well known in areas where there are good provisions.
 
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If they had sent an auto reply saying "We will reply in 24/36/48 hours etc" then at least I would have had a time frame. I emailed my local Mind over 3 weeks ago.
I can't see the point of these charities having email addresses if they can't be bothered to reply.
 
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... socialising with the normals is very very hard, I certainly can't manage it and have given up on that
Yeah, I agree. That's why I socialise with spiritual oddball types, who are arguably just undiagnosed.

... Also, where I live, it is all the same old people that use the service - which is not a massive amount of people given the size of our town.
Without wanting to sound like an ungrateful cow, this is what got to me when there used to be some groups in my area.
There weren't many people who were on my wavelength or up for the same kind of level of friendship as I was. Err, without sounding rude, it was mainly older people who it was quite difficult to have a conversation with.

There really isn't enough out there in terms of helping socially isolated people. I see schemes in my area for elderly, and of course they need support - i'm not getting at that.
It's just difficult for younger people who are lonely and isolated, because I think it's assumed that 20-somethings are having the time of their lives getting drunk and socialising with friends. x
 
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There's not much out there for those of us who fall between the young and the elderly either.
 
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I finally got reply from Together, all they did is point me to Rethink’s services.
I have been dumped off their books twice because none of the few groups run directly by them were appealing or suitable .
Basically there are about 3 groups run directly by them per areas they cover and if none fits the bill you’re fecked.
Even if there was one that fitted the service is time limited which means after 12-18 months scrabbling around to find a , probably time limited,, replacement.
The weekly church drop ins ,(1) Which is heavily populated by the elderly and has you singing a hymn and (2)The other a 40 minute bus ride in an unfamiliar area, don’t fit the bill.

I think I have to accept that the only thing is the less than stimulating men’s group I have previously mentioned, but ultimately the main thing about that is an excuse to pay for a cooked breakfast and spent an hour of fractured conversation in a cafe. It’s soul destroying.
 
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Unfortunately even the charities are geared to time limited help in the expectation of a quick and full recovery.
That it is not the reality for a sizable chunk of service users is conveniently ignored.
For the charities and Time to Change we are not the publicly friendly face of mental illness. We are unwelcome proof that for some mental illness is a life long condition devoid of recovery.
 
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