Far be it from me –

Look Before You Leap

on August 12, 2013

In my neck of the woods the NHS counselling services are as strapped for cash as services anywhere else in the UK.

I’ve been waiting for several weeks now, for a reply from the Head of Adult Mental Health Services, to my questions.  I shall be following up my initial enquiries with a few questions.  Why are free counselling sessions denied to you, unless, to quote one GP “you’re about to jump off a bridge”.  Why, when presenting with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) are your quite normal within-the-healthy-range scores, rewarded with a complete rejection of your application for counselling and the provision, instead, of a couple of NHS leaflets on How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep, and How To Deal With Anxiety and Depression?  It is very well documented that many people who present with PTSD have suffered with the distressing symptoms for a very long time; endured, should I say and therefore the coping and adaptive mechanisms are very well practised and  perfected – making scores in the healthy range a likelihood!  All is not lost however.  There is the option of paid for counselling at a reduced, pay what you can afford, rate.  Or, to go privately and pay around £40 for a 50 minute session with a BACP registered counsellor/therapist.

If you can’t afford these prices but can afford £7.85 for an NHS prescription (price correct as far as I know) then there is the option of the chemical cosh.  Mood altering, mood and feelings-neutralising neuroleptics, with a range of distressing and health threatening “side effects”.

My current preference is for none of the above.  I prefer to let my tears flow and release the stress hormone cortisol, which if allowed to build up to high levels (of toxins)  can cause depression – and which can then take me back to the one in four of us who presents with a mental health problem.  But the tears are mine, not the NHS’s  and as I shed them I consider very carefully whether I shall ever go to a GP  again, complaining of unbearable stress.

To be continued.

4 responses to “Look Before You Leap

  1. Dolly Sen says:

    Your blog shows your strength and the mental health service’s weakness and stupidity. In fact, you can still be at the point of wanting to throw yourself off a bridge and still not get counselling, except the pointless and demeaning advice of ‘Go for a walk, you will feel better.’ I have been on the waiting for 18 months for PTSD therapy and am still waiting. I am using my DLA to pay for my private therapy and am currently having EMDR to still the trauma in my head. My PTSD triggers my voice hearing and depression, of course it would if you see yourself being abused a million times over, but in my 29 years of being in the system, nobody wants to look at the root cause of my mental distress, they just want give me new trauma to deal with. My tears flow too, and I respect your tears, Judith. How much of mental health is to do with a broken heart rather than a broken brain?


    • judithhaire says:

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart Dolly. I think much of mental distress IS to do with a broken heart. I think no one dares look at the root causes of mental distress for fear of what they might find. I know very well from my own history that my roots grow very deep into intergenerational dysfunctionality.
      But it seems my knowledge and insights are too simple to be accepted by the so called experts in the mental health system and I would rather eat soap than try to explain it to any of them. I respect your tears too Dolly. Your strength shines through. Sending love and support and hold your head high X


  2. Maggie Gallant says:

    Thank you Judith


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