"Falling through the cracks"
Posted by Smudge13 (as ),
This took place in 2006. My brother absconded from his home, faking his suicide in October 2005. In May 2006 he reappeared in our lives having been an inpatient following attempted suicide in January/February 2006 in a London borough. He was then found acting strangely on a beach in East Sussex, picked up by the police and returned to his psychiatrist under section. Although we hadn’t seen him since October 2005, because the place of safety was a police station, we were unable to see him again, or given any information about where he was returned to. He then turned up at my mum’s flat and decided to stay in our locality. In spite of our concerns about his mental health, he was discharged from the London borough as not needing psychiatric services as he DNA (did not attend) a clinic appointment even though he was on strong drugs. There was no handover to local psychiatric services in spite asking for this. He had a stash of drugs, got more from his new GP and committed suicide in June 2006.
After his suicide his psychiatrist from London contacted my mother and myself, which seemed to be a process of passing on the blame from himself in case we made a complaint. Whether or not my brother would have committed suicide if there were joined up services is a question that cannot be answered but just may be it wouldn’t have happened and maybe his family would not feel guilty at letting him down or feeling isolated and alone in an unknown situation.