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FirecobraMHF

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I recently had a very poor experience with my local mental health services organisation. I was suicidal, and treated very badly, I was wondering if anyone had similar experiences with NHS services in their own areas...
 
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Hi Firecobra and :welcome: to the forum,

I'm very sorry to hear about your experiences at the hands of your local mental health team. It is worrying when services don't supply what is needed in a professional way, particularly at a time when patients are fragile and vulnerable.

Just so you know, we can't really encourage "bashing" of a named health service provider on here, so your post may be edited to remove the name.

We do however, understand that people need to speak about their experiences and have them validated. That's healthy! Many of our users feel dissatisfied with mental health services atm....although some have also been well treated and helped enormously.

I am sorry that your experience has been negative.

Feel free to stick around and speak with us though. It sounds like you are in need of like minds and support.

take care
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mine are average at best. I am one of those people who doesn't need 24hr a day care but I do need support, if left alone I start to rot away.

I have had to work hard to get what little support I do get but on the other hand see how tough it must be for others in roles when they have so little access to resources.

I used to use a day center which had to close,but I had not been for months so I didn't miss it as much as I'm sure others did.

I feel very much like, here are your pills, now go away will you.

Me
 
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Hey firecobra, unfortunately i've had very similar experiences to you.

I was treated very badly when suicidal, and in fact after i'd acted on my urges there was no care.
Both community mental health teams and crisis/home treatment teams in my area are absolutely rubbish.

I've learned to not expect anything from them now and have sought support elsewhere. e.g. I see a counsellor who does low-income slots for people who are on benefits, try to get alternative treatments when I can afford it (reiki, shiatsu massage, reflexology) and keep a journal.
 
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anklebiter

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I've been treated badly at just about every organisation I've attended, but I do have bpd so I guess I can't expect to be treated well.
I have been prevented from accessing further help on the nhs as I am seen as someone with a low quality of life and costly to treat. I'm quite happy not to go through nhs anymore as the level of abuse I received was starting to damage me. Once a month I attend a self help group, I have to travel for 2 hours to get there but it's better than nothing and at least I am treated with respect.
 
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natasha244

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Mine have been both good and bad... Even with CAMHS I had a couple of bad experiences, and then as soon as you're 18 it's goodbye, have a nice life! (That's what I and sixth form teachers thought anyway :nod2:)
I'm 19 now and after CAMHS sending me to Primary care, who after finally seeing me after a 4 month wait, told me CAMHS should've sent me to secondary care, and then being on a further couple of months waiting list - I now have a CPN, as well as having support from the Recovery Team beforehand....
but yeah, there have been a few times, even now, where I think to myself how bad of a state the mental health services are in... :shrug:
 
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I have also had very mixed care from local services. The crisis team have been both excellent and useless (actually damaging) at different times. Hospital has been mostly good but absolutely appalling one time. Assessment team were uncaring. Recovery team has been mostly helpful, but variable. All services are stretched and limited in how much support they can provide.

The trouble is that when services are neglectful or nonexistent or bad enough to be damaging, it can set you back really a lot.

I am trying to find more ways of helping myself. I would like more support, maybe local groups to join. I might prefer to escape from MH services.
 
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I can honestly say that I have found my CMHT in my area really good and helpfull. They have seen me at my worst and responded straight away and they always respond to my phone calls if I need them. My CPN is excelent and I see her every 2 weeks.

There was a doctor who I did not like but she has now left luckily for me but my new doctor is fantastic so far.
 
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jadeeb

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If anyone has any bad experiences of mental health services, The Avengerz (on facebook) are doing a stories project on this, in which they're collecting experiences of MH services to try to campaign for better ones. Hope that helps
 
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I was almost homeless when I left hospital the second and last time. I got no help and was turned down for DLA when I was still having an episode. I went on the run paranoid I would be sectioned again I didn't take my medication and wasn't offered any help at all. That was in Kent
On the flip side here in Wales I've received loads of help and feel guilty that I'm taking services away from people that really need it. I'm just a lonely attention seeker really and don't need any help at all.
 
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I was almost homeless when I left hospital the second and last time. I got no help and was turned down for DLA when I was still having an episode. I went on the run paranoid I would be sectioned again I didn't take my medication and wasn't offered any help at all. That was in Kent
On the flip side here in Wales I've received loads of help and feel guilty that I'm taking services away from people that really need it. I'm just a lonely attention seeker really and don't need any help at all.
How do you expect people to respond to that??!!
 
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Dottyone

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My area is superb, i know thats not the case everywhere.

Ive met some dicks before i got the support i needed though.
 
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My GP - very good.
CMHT - pretty crap, to be honest. Understaffed I think (SO many locum psychs), overworked.... just generally not that good.
Specialist psychotherapies service - excellent.

But to get to the specialist service you have to go through the crap CMHT.
 
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bluesimmy76

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My local mental health sevice in Oldham is nothing short of crap. I wonder why they would be employing people to work within this sector who lack any kind of empathy? It beggers believe why?
 
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I wonder why they would be employing people to work within this sector who lack any kind of empathy?
I can think of two possible reasons. One is that many people who lack empathy apply for the jobs, and there's no downside to appointing them. That could be fixed if there were lots of formal complaints about lack of empathy, so that appointing someone who lacks empathy would be a costly mistake for the service. But I know this is just wishful thinking on my part, because making formal complaints is difficult and not many people are ever likely to do it.

Another possible reason is that it's just become a tradition in Oldham. Some people who lacked empathy got promoted, and now they tend to appoint people like themselves, and the ones with empathy tend to leave because they don't like working in that environment, so it becomes a vicious circle. That's much more difficult to fix. One way is if outsiders get in on the appointments process and object strongly when someone who lacks empathy gets appointed. I'm going on a training course in a couple of weeks so I can take part in appointments in a local NHS trust, and it will be interesting to see whether I can make any difference to things as an outsider.
 
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