WELCOME TO WEEK 1 OF MY HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERIES. TODAY I’M TALKING ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE OF GAINING HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES.

For those of you who aren’t aware, as part of my recent illness I have been referred to the community mental health team (CMHT).  So to raise awareness of the mental health facilities in the UK and how important it is for those suffering to receive help I am creating a series in which various bloggers and friends will be sharing their experiences of obtaining help for mental health issues.

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS DETAILS OF DEPRESSION and panic disorder. PLEASE BE MINDFUL BEFORE CONTINUING.

After visiting my doctor and asking for the help I so desperately needed I was referred to CMHT – a specialist team who can assess a patient and offer the support and help they require. Despite the serious nature of my depression and anxiety it took two months before I was given my initial assessment and another month before I received any information about the help I was to be offered. The team were very surprised by how quickly I managed to pull myself back to a functioning level (what can I say this wasn’t my first rodeo) and felt I was managing OK by myself so decided to put into place and emergency plan.

This plan consisted of me filling in the books they gave me detailing my triggers, down time and actions that should be taken. It’s a great plan but I don’t feel that it’s enough for me and nor does my GP. The reason I asked to be referred to CMHT is to gain quicker access to talking therapies as it is what I needed at the time – and still need now to a lesser extent. Which is why once I am discharged from their care I will be re-referring to IAPT (I got worse before IAPT initially responded to the referral – there is a large waiting list in my area).

Along with my family and friends there are two services that have helped me greatly during such a draining, difficult time, and those are Samaritans and Kyra. Both of which offered a shoulder to cry on, someone to rant to and somewhere I could feel safe and accepted. Gaining help for mental health issues sadly does take time, as does recovery, but there are services available to you both immediately and long term.

Just remember you are not alone.

Keep an eye out next week to hear from Hannah at LittleThoughtsBlog

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