Thank you for your comments. I think I will have my prescription done on a weekly basis. Thank you for that. I do think you're right Avalon, the prescription may have been there before seeing the link worker though I do feel there should have been something flagged up when I went to collect it. I don't know if such a thing exists, maybe in an ideal world. All I know is that this could've easily ended very differently and I'd hate for someone else to experience this.
Belle - I absolutely get what you are saying. Getting the courage to even ask for help is a mission, any help you then receive should never make you feel worse but sadly this happens. After telling a support worker I felt suicidal, he said he'd report that I was in good spirits. When I questioned this, he said he had targets to meet and boxes to tick. Charming. It would be nice to be treated as an individual rather than a number.
PureFrustr8ed - Thank you for sharing your experiences. True the link worker wasn't meant to be a long term thing but even he has said he doesn't know what else can be offered (I've tried a supported back to work programme, CBT, different meds, counselling etc). It's hard to ask for help isn't it. You want to be heard, acknowledged, understood, supported but not smothered, independent but be able to depend on others. I guess in a way that's how we've all ended up here.