How long have you waited for Mental Health support? WMHD

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CoolCavy
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10th October is World Mental Health Day, with the theme being "Mental Health for All - Greater Investment, Greater Access". You'll see a few discussions around the site talking about mental health support today, check out the hub if you want to get involved :yep:.

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?

You can post anonymously, and say as much or as little as you like. Please remember the community guidelines to help this discussion stay friendly and helpful :grouphugs:.
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For me personally I had to wait 6 months to be seen by a psychiatrist and then a further year and a half to access a personality disorder 6 month group.

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
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I think that I've been pretty lucky with my experience, but I know it's certainly not the case for some. The first lot of CBT I had took about 2-3 months and I think the second lot (which was through uni) was a matter of weeks - it's quite a few years ago now, so I can't remember the specifics

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
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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...
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(Original post by coffeeneeded27)
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...
Gosh that's probably one of the longest waits that I've heard of. I hope the time comes around soon for you :hugs: is this something you've found where you live or is it similar around the country, do you know?

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!)
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I'm on the very fortunate side of the postcode lottery, so I think my current wait for therapy (10 months so far) is the longest I've had to wait, either to see a psychiatrist, or a psychologist once I've been put on the waiting list for therapy. It is really unfair that I've had it so good when so many people don't, just because of where they live
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ive been waiting for nearly a year now
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I had to wait 8 months to see a psychiatrist after I was discharged by EIT (they only see people for 3 years).
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Took over a year to get specialist trauma therapy in a secondary care team which deals with severe and complex needs. Reason being that the team only had 2 people in it, apparently a lot of the team had left because of being overworked and not enough support.

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. :dontknow:
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7-8 months and i had two urgent referrals. i don’t know what else to say except mental health isn’t taken more seriously enough.
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I have asked to get mental health support on the NHS a total of 6 times over the course of 10 years for various reasons, I have never received any help from the NHS in this regard. Normally after a year of waiting in silence I just give up and try to sort the problem myself to varying degrees of success. I don't bother trying to get professional help anymore because it only ever leads to disappointment.

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.
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about a year and a bit and still haven’t got it. “have a bath” “do some colouring”
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