I’m so angry and frustrated right now! I had to write this post up on my social media to let my friends know… We need to speak up about these things!!!
Today I witnessed the crisis in the NHS in regards to mental health care.
Having spent all day with a friend of mine at A&E, after struggling with self-harm and overdosing, the crisis team said they wouldn’t see her until she had been assessed at the hospital.
I took her to hospital and whilst I struggled to get her through the door, I asked her to focus on her breathing, and slowly, we made our way closer to the front of the queue.
The doctor assessed her, and she was tacky with high acidity in her bloods. The doctor was worried about her passing out at any moment.
All she wanted to do was go home, or run away, and whilst I managed to keep her at the hospital, she spent the time self-harming, which I tried to prevent, then two hours on 2 drips to flush out the acidity.
She was then seen by two liaisons: a social worker and psychiatrist of whom, both decided to let her go.
Now, considering the state of her throughout the ordeal, there is absolutely no way she should have been discharged.
All the while she was frightened of being sectioned, she was also unable to go for a cigerette on her own, and yet they’ve discharged her hours after sitting in A&E.
The crisis team will be informed, but it is unlikely they’ll be able to do anything.
She should have been sectioned, and kept an eye on for even just 24 hours, but instead she’s been allowed home and will no doubt remain in the vulnerable state I left her in. I left her with her family, and she’s anxious about how they will treat her too.
She should have been thoroughly assessed, sectioned to work with correcting medication and finding/offering the best psychiatric support, and all the while I do believe that getting admitted to a psychiatric hospital does sod all to anyone with personality disorder, she needed to be kept safe for a good few days at least.
It was utterly heartbreaking to see her in this vulnerable state and I remained strong whilst I witnessed this trauma.
The only part about the process I was relieved about, was how quickly we were seen, we arrived at 1.30pm and we were seen just after 3pm, even though we were told there was over a 3 hour wait. We left the hospital at 7.30pm…
It just seems ludicrous to go through all of that to be sent home, where she could possibly end up doing it all again!
If you have been affected by the crisis, please share your stories. We need to speak up!
Thank you for reading.