Posted by Anonymous
I moved into the area with a 37yr history of severe mental illness.
I was assessed during a 30min appt. By a CPN, who was totally oblivious to my difficulties in communicating my difficulties despite my husband trying to explain as well.
I told CPN I was struggling with mood, and had 3 weeks earlier taken an OD, I made it clear I felt I was struggling, that the voices were very active, but their assessment and that of their manager (despite not seeing me), was that I do not need the support of CMHT, and should rely on GP & 111.
I have not been assessed by psychiatrist, in the area and yet am taking heavy duty medication.
The CPN did offer to arrange a carers assessment for my husband, but has failed to do so. Their manager said (and reiterated this in their letter to me), that they would send information about a charitable counselling service, and about the local MIND, but failed to do so.
I am increasingly struggling to cope with day to day life, and feel completely unsupported, and as though I'm not worth being offered help. I can say with some confidence though that the only reason I'm still alive is down to the support from the online support community.