How long have you waited for Mental Health support? WMHDWatch
This discussion is all about your experiences with mental health waitlists, whether that's through the NHS, privately or through your university or school.
Have you had a good experience? A bad one? An in-between one? What would be the ideal wait time for these services in your opinion?
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Although i appreciate the fact that NHS treatment is free the huge waitlists as a result of government funding cuts are not acceptable imo.
People are sadly dying on these waitlists and are only given momentary support if they present at A&E in a crisis. Funds would be far better spent if the NHS was preemptive and treated people before they got into a crisis not just the physical effects afterwards.
Although naturally waitlists are going to always be longer for more specialised services, those who have more complex needs than self referral services like IAPT can offer shouldnt just be swept under the rug and forgotten about
Sadly i expect waitlists have increased even more due to the pandemic, i feel fortunate that i completed my DBT sessions a few months before lockdown hit
I know people often put off seeking help because they think 'oh I'll just be put on a waiting list and wait ages' but I really would advise to get support as soon as you can - the sooner you do the sooner you'll move up the list. Better than spending years thinking/wishing you should have
I'm currently on a 2.5 year long waiting list for the specific types of therapy (EMDR and step 4 psychotherapy) I need... yey...
How inequitable it is around the country isn't fair! (not that I think that the people being sooner than others should have to wait longer, I just think those who are waiting longer should be seen sooner!)
To see ED services it was a couple days though, but that was an urgent referral.
So I've had quite long wait times and very short ones.
I have received private care but as you can imagine that was expensive but timely, getting an appointment within a couple of weeks. I can't afford that anymore so I go without care now and have done for a long time.