"Mental Health access and services "

About: NHS Lothian Royal Edinburgh Hospital / General Psychiatry

(as the patient),

(Refused Access to the Royal Ed when I wanted to section myself)

(Refused follow up treatments to CBT etc)

The strain on services and waiting lists is an initial barrier as I believe most people access mental health services far too late in the progression of their illness.

The medical approach is in my opinion poor. Prescribing anti-depressants is a GP's first response where the mental health problem is still undiagnosed. In my experience this can be more harmful and I don't think the having a pill and be on your way attitude is just an appropriate response.

Also my experience of psychologists is a degree does not give you the right to go poking around in people's heads. Perhaps talking to someone with similar problems could be more practical or a combination? (More sympathetic approach as well than just someone trying to classify you).

A major barrier to people with mental problems is the feeling you're the only one as unfortunately people can't always relate to something they haven't experienced.

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Responses

Response from Stuart Wilson, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, NHS Lothian

Dear Dr Feelgood,

Thank you for your feedback regarding your experiences with our services. I'm sorry that you feel our approach has not been satisfactory.

Without knowing more detail we cannot look into this further. If you would like to contact us on craft@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk we may be able to help you further.

Best regards,

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