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Escalating depression symptoms lack of help services

lisa1986lisa1986 Member Posts: 21 Connected
I seen a mental health dr at kings college hospital today because I begged my respiratory doctor to help me if I hadn't I wouldn't have seen the phyciatrist today however to my disappointment due to budget cuts it could take along time to get help and to find out that suicide and serious self harm is at an all time high it makes me feel that I will probably end up doing something before I see anyone I am struggling with not only a manic low from my bipolar but also seasonal effective disorder  I feel alone and despaired and worthless and feel like I dont matter and my head and heart are broken as I have no way of accessing help it seems i will have to do something before they will help me

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  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,958 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lisa1986 - I'm so sorry to read about the difficulties you're facing to address how badly you're feeling right now. Please know you're not alone, but rather a very valued member of this community.
    I will ask my friend @thespiceman, who has a great understanding of mental health issues, to see if he can help you.
  • lisa1986lisa1986 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    Hi chiarieds thankyou i could do with someone to listen to me i lost my best mate to suicide on xmas eve 2017 i am a recovering addict and have just learned that a friend from prison has just died from an overdose it hasn't helped my feelings its added to them there are no services the government has made it like this I should have a community mental health team but  coz of budget cuts when I moved from Birmingham to london I lost that help 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2019
    Hello @lisa1986   Pleased to meet you.

    Thank you for my friend  @chiarieds mentioning me.

    I am of the team of community champions.

    Sorry to hear what your going through glad to help you. .

    I have an addiction history. Been one an alcoholic thirty years. Clean twelve years. Done some drugs. Have understanding, compassion, empathy and sensitivity.

    Have disability, mental health as well.

    Please if I can suggest the following.

    https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk.

    https://www.mind.org.uk.

    https://www.rethink.org.

    All offer help with addiction and offer floating support and advice on benefits. Mental health issues.

    Last charity has an advocate service useful for helping you with speaking on your behalf.

    I add the following all addiction helplines organisations.

    Please add them to your mobile or diary.

    Add others useful to you.

    Know this times of year all of us in the addiction community struggle, difficult reminders.

    Have a heart for all of those friends we have lost. Emotional, upsetting.

    You can talk to me as well just tag my name happy any time to listen.

    Talk to Frank

    Drugs

    https://www.talktofrank.com

    Helpline  0300 123 6600

    Alcohol 

    https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk.

    Helpline 0800 9177 650

    The Samaritans

    116 123 Calls Free

    Please if I can advise if you do feel your in danger unsafe call 999.

    Please take yourself to a hospital.

    Please can I add your not alone, your not worthless, useless . You experiencing a lot of problems, issues that can be helped, aided.

    You have made the important step contacting our community.

    I use this forum to talk, chat have feelings around a lot my own history.

    Pleasure to meet you, keep safe and warm.

    Please take care of your self your a valued, respected member of our community.

    @thespiceman  


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  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,958 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lisa1986 - Thank you @thespiceman for replying, my friend. 
    I will be here too for you, Lisa. Either of us is usually around, & you can tag my name  @chiarieds
    You are part of this community family now, & can talk here any time. Please look at the information above to help you. Take care of yourself.
  • lisa1986lisa1986 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    Hi @thespiceman I am in the na fellowship I'm abstinent I am at my wits end of having to wait for my transfer from Birmingham to where I'm living now I had a cmht in brum and now nothing after 8 months 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2019
    Hello  @lisa1986   Thank you for contacting myself.

    Please have you looked any of the links I supplied.

    Please may I suggest you do this. Please just if you not getting any help and your waiting.

    Please you have a right to ask for help. This is your right your health.  To have good mental health.

    If your not getting any support from any support you do have.. Then to say so.

    Would be a good idea.. There job to support you if that is not forth coming consider those who will help you.

    Write down what you wish to say. Need help now.

    Use RETHINK they are an advocate service.

    Please I know you done well staving off and that is good to be doing.

    I wanted to add had this myself waiting found another line of support. Mean time council services offered me a support. So the charity and them worked together.

    Although Council team abandoned me after eight weeks.

    Reason always advise speaking to mental health charities. Offer you more time, compassion, empathy.

    I hope that gives you a lot of reassurance.

    Please can I add please do add the numbers I listed for you.

    I am always here anytime, please contact me speak to me anytime

    Please if I can say your not alone .

    My concern care is you at the moment . Call Speak to Frank. Useful informative supportive members.

    Lots of calm, patience and tolerance.

    Feel for you please remember to do this now .

    Please can I ask if you do not have a sponsor call Frank .  If you think you are in fear of any relapse.

    Please take care keep in touch, keep safe.


    @thespiceman




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  • lisa1986lisa1986 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    @thespiceman my mind is so scatty at the moment I cant seem to concentrate on the length of your replies where all the services could you please reply with the rethink contact details whether it be number or email also mind that would be great so I can write them down
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2019
    Hello @lisa1986   Apologise for that just when a member comes on so much to tell. Inform you. 

    Understand this just am aware need to give you some valuable important information.

    I want you to get the support you need.

    Please can I say the numbers will be on the website to apply need to click on the links. Any problems let me know.

    https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk.

    https://www.mind.org.uk.

    https://www.rethink.org.

    https://www.talktofrank.com

    Helpline 0300 123 6600

    https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk.

    Helpline

    0800 9177 650

    Please I hope that helps you. Please keep in touch anytime.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman
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  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,958 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lisa1986 - Pleased my friend @thespiceman has replied. I've been looking at the links he's provided.....
    - for Rethink the contact details are phone: 0121 522 7007 Open 9.30 am - 4pm (closed 25th, 26th, 28th & 29th December) or use their email form which can be found here: https://www.rethink.org/aboutus/what-we-do/advice-and-information-service/contact-our-advice-information-service
    - for Mind, phone 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
    Hope this may help.



  • lisa1986lisa1986 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    @thespiceman that's better they are all together I can look through them  I am so grateful to this online forum I no longer feel alone I feel extremely humbled and grateful 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @lisa1986   Thank you for reply. No problems, thanks to my friend

    @chiarieds supplying numbers other information.

    Please can I add hope you do contact any other links that are provided.

    I just want to say this is a difficult period you all going through.

    Glad to be supportive and help.

    Please if you need anything else .

    Please contact me.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman
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  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,958 Disability Gamechanger
    @lisa1986 - You're not alone certainly, & you are doing so well. My friend thespiceman & I are both hoping we can support you; live the life your friends were unable to make for them. Take one step at a time; look at the contact details you asked for. If these don't help, look at the other links thespiceman gave. We'll both be here over the Christmas period.
  • gentleferngentlefern Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi there. I'm brand new in this community. I'd just like to say thankyou to @lisa1986 and thespiceman. I've been banging my head against the wall trying to get any support from anyone. I keep being fobbed off. Anyway, what I came on here to say is that this first  thread I've looked at and you've already helped with those links. Many thanks :-)

  • lisa1986lisa1986 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    gentlefern I'm in the exact same situation may we get to know each other maybe we can meet up one day for coffee or something 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,924

    Scope community team

    edited December 2019
    Hi @lisa1986 and welcome to the community. I'm sorry to read how you're struggling to access help. We're going to send you an email to see if we can find you some support more local to you, but in the meantime, if you're struggling with suicidal thoughts or the urge to self-harm, please give Samaritans a call (116 123) or (if you'd prefer to text) you can get in touch with Shout by texting SHOUT to 85258.

    Of course if you think you might be in immediate danger, please call 999 or go to your local hospital.
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,924

    Scope community team

    Good afternoon @gentlefern. I know how frustrating it can be to be denied the support you need. Can I ask if you've tried making a self-referral?
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  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,958 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lisa1986 - How are you today? I found a couple of links about SAD which may be useful.
    See: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/  and also: http://www.sad.org.uk/
  • lisa1986lisa1986 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    Hi chiarieds I'm doing ok I suppose although iv spent the day sleeping and now am sat in my Pjs watching films I have not long been diagnosed with sad so I'm very grateful for the links I have been told one thing that a light box is helpful but quite expesive
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @lisa1986    Please can I suggest look at AMAZON website.

    Lots of items for helping with your mental health.

    Joined the PRIME account £7.99

    Means get some nice treats and items to help me each month, deliver to your door. No delivery charges on many items.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk.

    We need things for our homes and wellbeing often worth a little uplift and makes your feelings and emotions a lot better.

    Hope you doing Ok today.

    Wish you well please keep in touch .

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman


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