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Waiting times for MH sevices - how long did you wait to be seen/ access treatment?

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Hamlet48

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Waiting times for MH sevices - how long did you wait to be seen/ access treatment?

How long did you wait to be seen by MH services after you were referred by your GP?

Once in the MH system, how long did you wait to be referred to the 'correct' team within MH services?

My story I am based in London 48F and had a work related 'extreme bullying & stress' breakdown 9 years previously. No MH history before this. I was in a very stressful job and had insurance so had good treatment and made a good recovery

Following diagnosis of a devastating medical condition last year I was referred by my GP in March 2015 and was 'telephone triaged' by someone from the Access to Therapies team from the MH Trust within 21 days. I was then seen by a Crisis Team within 3 weeks. However I was not taken on by this team and I waited from end of April 2015 to February 2016 (10 months) to be seen by the Psychotherapy team and then I was only seen by a psychotherapist and not a psychiatrist.

Unlike physical health there do not seem to be any waiting time targets that Trusts work to. I think Norman Lamb (MP) started to campaign for this. The situation is outrageous. The head of my local trust is always banging on about parity for mental and physical health care but my experience in the trust has been appalling.

So how long have you all waited 1) to be seen by MH following a GP referral and 2) to receive the diagnosis and start on the appropriate treatment?
 
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nounandnoun

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it was a few months after being referred by a gp that I had an assesment with a junoir doctor in a CMHT, it wasn't clear which service i should be after so a month later i had another assesment meeting with a team who in the end didn't take me on. Then for 7 months all referrals made for me were rejected as i was seen as too severe for psychology and not severe enough for psychiatry. During this time I rapidly deteriorated and it was only when i was florridly psychotic and had to be hospitalised for a few months that a diagnosis was settled on.

Sadly I dont think your or my experience is unusual, the nhs mental health services are so overstretched, they only really kick in for crisis management. In my opinion it is better to be seen by a psychotherapist than a psychiatrist as they are just pill pushers in the main.

You are right it is horrendous you had to wait so long to be seen. The parity of esteem message is outright bullshit as there isn't parity of funding
 
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Littleshoes

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I was seen by a CPN in two weeks and remained with her for a long time. Whilst seeing her I waited 12 months to see a psychologist who was rubbish
 
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and that is even if you can even wait as with all the cuts there is little to nowt left to wait for apart from drugs and cbt
 
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