"Felt I was failed by CMHT"
About: Adult mental health (Lambeth) Adult mental health (Lambeth) SE5 8AZ
Posted by Human Being not just another patient (as ),
I was assessed by the Streatham CMHT who didn't agree to take me on, I felt they completely ignored that I was suicidal. My GP asked for me to be seen within 3 days – I waited 2 weeks. I was told I could not be taken on by the CMHT, and felt it was because I was working and well-dressed. What I found worse, was that I had to call them to find this out as I was never told of the outcome of the assessment.
I tried to tell a team member I was seriously suicidal and at risk of doing something but it is very, very difficult to talk about these things and I was scared of being sectioned. They did not give me the impression of taking the suicidal thoughts and intent seriously but was dismissive and told me that because I had said the thoughts were lessening, I was safe although I clearly said I wasn't. I ended up making 2 attempts within 2 weeks.