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self referral with health in mind

Postby beachcomber » Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:16 pm

I was wondering if anyone has self referred with NHS Health in mind and what their experiences have been. Waiting times, therapies, helpfulness ect. I seem to be getting nowhere fast with them and didnt know if this is the norm.

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Re: self referral with health in mind

Postby betterinrecovery » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:23 pm

Dear Beachcomber,
if by self referring you mean going to your gp for help, then in my experience it can be an actual post code lottery.
Some surgeries will have a gp that specialises in mental health and some will not. some will have a contract with an outside company to provide talking therapies and some will not, some will employ counsellors directly.
In most cases, the gp or the practice nurse is the first port of call.... waiting times to see a counsellor or another mental health practitioner can very from a couple of weeks, a couple of months or more depending on where we live.
Charities such as Mind provide mental health support and counselling, it may be as well to check what they provide in your area and your gp may have a list of counsellors and local mental health charities.

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Re: self referral with health in mind

Postby andthistoomustpass » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:38 am

Hi Beachcomber (and hi BIR!)

I agree it is a postcode lottery.

If you don't fancy the GP route then in many areas you can go to your local NHS Mental Health Trust website to self refer. In my experience, once you get to the NHS treatment they are very good, if time limited. Some NHS trusts will refer you to a charity for an initial assessment and potentially treatment. I would advise you to be absolutely honest, don't downplay your symptoms. The assessor will then know where best to refer you and for what treatment. Once you are in the NHS system you may have to chase them to confirm you are on the waiting list. The mental health trust in my area are notorious for losing referrals.

Waiting times depend on which treatment is suggested. The people you apply to should have that info. In my experience, waiting for counselling or CBT is a matter of a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Waiting for a more analytical therapy can take much longer because of the limited number of fully qualified psychotherapists.

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Re: self referral with health in mind

Postby lovechic » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:34 am

I need help I am suffering with depression

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