Issues within mental health · Mental health in the media · NHS · Stigma

Mentally ill and working for the NHS?

The other day, I heard about the case of Wendy Potts, a UK GP who wrote a blog about her experiences with bipolar disorder. A patient of hers read the blog and raised concerns over her fitness to practise. As a result, Potts was suspended from practising while an investigation took place, but she committed… Continue reading Mentally ill and working for the NHS?

Mental Health Services · NHS

Treatment for Mental Health: Private vs. NHS?

Over the years I’ve had both private psychotherapy and NHS treatment for my mental health (including CAMHS, psychiatrist’s, a social worker, CPN’s, an occupational therapist and inpatient treatment).¬†With that in mind, I thought I’d do a bit of a comparison between private therapy and NHS treatment for mental health. Privately, I had a good experience,… Continue reading Treatment for Mental Health: Private vs. NHS?

Issues within mental health · Mental Health Awareness · NHS

Surviving/Thriving: Why mental health funding is IMPORTANT

So it’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I’ll start of the way a lot of these awareness posts tend to go- with a comparison. Three months ago I was a psychiatric inpatient, approaching the end of a fairly lengthy admission. Today, I stood in front of the Top Dogs of my health trust- chief execs, funding… Continue reading Surviving/Thriving: Why mental health funding is IMPORTANT

Mental Health Awareness · Mental Health Services · NHS

A year on a waiting list-getting treatment for the most stigmatised illnesses

The other day, I met with one of the psychologists from the Personality Disorders Service. When I first met with the PDS in October 2014, they had been waiting for funding to start a DBT programme. It had been due to start in September 2015, but, due to funding, I was told it would more… Continue reading A year on a waiting list-getting treatment for the most stigmatised illnesses

Mental Health Services · NHS

Doctor No Show got me all riled up!

Sometimes I think about quitting therapy, quitting treatment and just getting on with things myself. Usually because treatment is difficult, therapy is difficult, taking drugs is difficult, opening up to people is difficult.¬†Occasionally, I feel like quitting therapy, quitting treatment, because trying to get therapy and treatment is too bloody stressful. Days like today, it… Continue reading Doctor No Show got me all riled up!