"Lack of mental health care"

About: Devon Partnership NHS Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

I took an overdose in order to end my life. This must have been my 50th attempt at suicide. This is because I have given up hope and been shoved out by the system because I have 'complex' issues. Because 'talking' about these issues triggers me into self harm mode, I can't risk further appointments because I am only given 50 minutes once a week. I live alone. So what do I 'do' with these emotions and thoughts of suicide when I get home? I have tried over and over to explain this to them, but I feel, they just blame me for missing what is given. After the last overdose I was put on a section 2, and moved to a psychiatric ward. I wasn't formally admitted. The room hadn't been cleaned since the last patient, and 2 days later, they rescinded the section against my opinion, and sent me home alone. And that's been it! It won't be an overdose next time, I feel like it will be the railway track!

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Response from Sharon Berkhout, Communications Manager, Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Dear Coles

We would very much like to contact you and talk to you as we are worried about you and what you have posted. In the meantime our Patient Advice and Liaison Team (PALS) are here to help and can talk to you, if you want to contact them on Freephone 0800 0730741 or dpn-tr.pals@nhs.net

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Update posted by Coles Mews (the patient)

I am well known to PALS and my complaints do get answered with flimsy letters of apology. But an apology is only words. Nothing gets done about dealing with my issues. Even today, on finally agreeing to meet up with my CPN, she still said it was a 'no' to anything more than a 50 minute one to one Therapy session once a week or fortnight. I explained why this was not a safe thing for me to even try again because it opened wounds that I was then left to take home alone with me, and, although I think she understood, still nothing will change. So I am without ANY therapy at all. And I know, that with emotionally unstable borderline personality disorder, that one tiny trigger could flip me into end of life reaction.