"Mental health referral"
About: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health NE3 3XT
Posted by earthbound misfit (as ),
I have recently been trying to contact my GP regarding mental health issues. the only way to get referred to the CMHT (community mental health team) is via the GP.
However, as my usual doctor is on holiday I was unable to speak to them, also I have been unable to get to the doctors surgery in question due to anxiety, fear, and feeling I cannot control myself in that situation if they are dismissive of me (as they often are).
I used to have a friend supporting me with going to appointments however they are very ill themselves and now being supported by me - an extra stress.
I am very concerned that the recent changes/stressful events/lack of support in my life has been entirely ignored by the mental health team and GP, despite being taken to A&E on several occasions including once under section by police.
After contacting the primary care trust, I was finally able to speak to a doctor on the phone, and asked to be re-referred to the CMHT. Incredibly, the doctor I spoke to didn't even know who/what the CMHT was! I actually had to explain it to them.
I usually refuse to see this particular doctor as I feel they are dismissive, unprofessional, uncaring and knows nothing about mental health - shocking as most people with depression are only under the care of their GP.