"Trying to get help in Leeds for my daughter - and failing"
About: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health LS15 8ZB
Posted by ghostwriter (as ),
My daughter is 23 and was seen privately by a psychiatrist 4 years ago at the age of 19. She was diagnosed with adolescent cognitive disorder... or something for which she attended cognitive therapy.
Now things are just so much worse... there has been not much improvement and now she is on anti-depressants and very, very depressed. She has started self harming and threatening suicide.
She cannot get any help. The Leeds NHS crisis response hotline said: oh lets see how you are next week and if you don't feel any better we will try and get someone to see you (not necessarily on the same day). She is so low and all the GP can do is point to the condescending folks on the phone, who seem to think that because a person can get out of bed and see friends then there is nothing much wrong.
All this is a cry for help and there is no one who will do any kind of assessment and take her as an inpatient anywhere. There is just no facility we can turn to as parents of an adult, who is both child-like and desperate for help.
Her arms are cut to ribbons and she is not eating or drinking unless she is pushed. It's all a desperate mess, and all the crisis help line says is "where did you get this number from?" and "I can't talk to you" (because she is an adult), and "have you tried taking her to A&E?" But that's not a good idea as it's a last resort.
These kind of helpful (sarcasm creeping in) comments are less than helpful and then when they do talk to her we get the "let's see what happens next week".
The fact is, she is desperate now and all we get is platitudes. Is this the appalling state of mental health help in the NHS, for people who just want help and find... nothing? Let's hope she is still around next week.