"Brushed off as feeling blue"

About: Florence Street Clinic / General Psychiatry

(as the patient),

Recently I was admitted to hospital for the second time in two months regarding suicidal thoughts/attempts.

For 5 years I have been meeting people and going to consultations to try and get to the bottom of these "issues". However, what I find with every health professional or service I attend they just brush it off as feeling "blue" or "down" and repetitively hand me the same leaflet.

What I want to know is, how long till the NHS take mental illness as a serious problem? When I'm hospitalised attached to life support? When my mother is mourning the loss of her daughter?

According to my findings, depression and suicide is an issue rapidly increasing especially amongst my age category- however, referring to my experiences, that isn't represented in the support or training health professionals.

I don't know what the procedure is suppose to be, but surely it isn't brushing someone off who has been admitted for attempting suicide as "just down. " you wouldn't tell someone with a broken leg to "walk, it'll be okay. "

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Response from Lisa Ramsay, Patient Experience Public Involvement Team Support, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Dear Wdcr1

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience on Patient Opinion. I am sorry to read about what you have been going through over the past 5 years, this must have been and continues to be difficult for you. I am sorry that you feel that staff are not listening to you.

I have shared your post with a Service Manager in our Mental Health Services in Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership, who manage Florence Street Clinic. They are also sorry to hear of your experience. The Service Manager has advised that the nurse team leader would welcome the opportunity to discuss what you have raised here on Patient Opinion. The contact number is 0141 232 7000.

Best wishes
Lisa

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