"I felt my discharge was abrupt and unsupportive"
About: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health LS15 8ZB
Posted by Caroline W (as ),
I went off sick from work with anxiety and depression. After 2 months I was in very bad way. I was asked if I wanted to go to the day centre. I went for about 10 days and found it very helpful. All but one of my workers were always kind and helpful.
However, on the day of my discharge, I sat in a room with 3 psychiatrists who told me I should give up work and claim benefits. My CPN was not at the meeting, I do not have a carer and the keyworker who was present was too busy to see me afterwards as she was involved in the review meetings and was quite curt with me.
I felt despondent at being told I should give up work and was very worried about my future on benefits in the current economic situation. I could have done with some support then and there and someone to talk through things.
In the end my retired parents travelled 200 miles to see me the following week so I at least had some support then. I also saw the CPN 5 days after discharge. She was rather surprised at what had happened and had NOT been given a copy of my discharge summary.
On the day I was discharged I would have expected the CPN to be there and it would have been good to have some contact with a keyworker immediately afterwards. I hope this is not common practice.