"Let down by services"
About: Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult community mental health Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Adult community mental health TA6 4RN
Posted by sunfe57 (as ),
My story has been going on for about two and a half years but actually consisted of eight weeks of sessions. I attended therapy sessions through the Somerset Partnership. It took me over a year to gain access to the service and at the time it was very helpful but obviously it came to an end. The sessions unearthed lots of problems going back a lifetime for myself.
About three or four months ago I realised I needed more sessions but was informed that I could no longer have face-to-face sessions. Instead I was offered Talking Therapy which takes place in the form of a telephone call. I agreed to this and once again had to wait for an appointment to be sent to me, this finally came through for September. I filled in the relevant survey required and at the time of my appointment there was a couple of good things happening in my life, I was studying for my degree and so I was having a better day. The therapist decided I did not require any further sessions and sent me a booklet through the post to help me. The booklet suggests when feeling down or depressed to read a novel, go for a walk or do something you enjoy. I have been trying to use this approach for many years and for me it does not work as a stand alone remedy.
To speak with my own GP takes almost a full morning on the phone to get through and then I will just be prescribed pills which disguise not solve the problem. I don't want that for the rest of my life.
I was directed to an online low cost counselling service but the nearest session to me is in Yeoval . I am from a small village where there is no public transport to enable me to attend the session. A taxi-cab would cost a further fifty pounds round trip. I no longer own a car as I cannot afford to run one. I am currently studying but health issues require that I need to postpone my studies until I feel in a better frame of mind. I am at home all day alone and currently find myself watching endless daytime television or passing my time playing Sims 4. I do not want this to be the rest of my life.
I feel let down by the lack of services available to help me and do not know where to go for now for the help I need. I am a woman over sixty, home alone all day in a tiny village not knowing what my next steps are.