A&E isn't great, but it's not usually this bad. Yet according to new research from Mind, the experience above is normal for patients with mental health problems. Here's some of the findings:
The Mind Chief Exec made this startling comment Good services can make a huge difference to whether someone recovers from the crisis, yet Mind often hears from people who have been turned away because they ‘aren’t suicidal enough’ or who have been made to wait around for hours just to be seen by someone who can help them. An emergency is an emergency.
Just imagine being turned away from the doctors because 'your leg isn't broken enough' or because your chest pains haven't yet turned into a full-blown coronary. I was hopeful that this government, having talked a good game about mental health during the election campaign, might actually address the health apartheid that exists between physical health services and mental health services. It sounds like that revolution is still a long way off.