A brief update to my post of 29 September Mental Health: Shock and Dread.
If you haven't read this earlier post can I ask that you do so now? It is my most important post ever and is the backdrop to today's post.
"Shock and Dread" explained how we are fighting desperately for appropriate treatment but were consistently denied all save anti-depressants and a yet-to-be-received self-help book.
A few weeks ago I visited our GP about me; my stress; how I was struggling to keep going but had to keep going. Now I have an appointment with a Community Mental Health Nurse to assess my need for a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN). If successful I will accept help from a CPN. I will accept anything which wil help me and my family.
Why is the strange world getting stranger?
Whatever my needs I am not seriously ill but help from a CPN is being considered but a CPN for Mrs C was rejected by a psychiatrist, not on the basis of need but, because a CPN would probably fail to meet our high expectations of long-term therapy.
This is mind-blowing! What a way to allocate resources! There has been no assessment of need or benefit just a straightforward rejection because we think we need much more help. The NHS is saying to us, 'We'll not give you a little help because you think you need a lot of help and you'll be disappointed with a little help.'
What kind of world do these people inhabit? Is there no humanity?
Now I find that, as a carer, I am being assessed for a CPN but Mrs C can't get one. As I mentioned earlier, a CPN allocated to me will help all of us and so I would accept this help but I am left mystified by the workings of the NHS. Why am I, as a carer, deemed more worthy of help than our much more seriously ill family member? We need to find out. We will find out.
Truly this strange world is getting stranger.
Again, may I ask, if you have not already done so, that you read my key post: Mental Health: Shock and Dread.
Finally, let me thank all who have read this post and "Shock and Dread", have left comments and offered their support. You cannot imagine, and I cannot describe, how much this helps me.