"No help from the crisis team"
About: Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust / Crisis resolution Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust Crisis resolution NW1 0PE
Posted by mss (as ),
Rang crisis team in Camden as was suicidal. Was told that as they did not know me they would not speak to me and to talk to my GP.
It was during the night and the out of hours GP had already told me to ring the crisis team. Tried to explain this but was told to go to A&E. I had never asked for help and was too scared to go. I didn't understand what would happen.
The telephone conversation lasted about 1 minute and the man at the end of the phone was so rude and brusque that I felt that I shouldn't be asking for help. I was told they were too busy to talk. I was suicidal and could barely pick up the phone.
I was not well enough to get to A&E. I could not get there I did not feel safe in the street. I took an overdose and was admitted to hospital to intensive care and then admitted to St Pancras hospital. If someone had just listened I don't think I would have done this as I just needed someone to talk to and as a woman I would have preferred to speak to another woman.
When I was discharged from hospital I was told to ring the same Crisis Team if I needed help but I will never trust them again as they were so dismissive. While I was in hospital I heard many similar stories from other women.