Hi All, I live in the UK and have been diagnosed with both Major depressive disorder, and Bipolar Disorder since age 18 when I was forced to leave University due to depression.
I am interested in anyone else in the UK who has been told by their local Community mental health team that they are now not going to be given support in the community - as "CMHT Services are provided to people with ENDURING Mental health problems." This is a direct quote from a letter from my local Consultant Psychiatrist.
To my complete disbelief it apparently turns out that the NHS has redefined the meaning of the word "enduring", and it now actually means that the only people who will receive Mental health services are those suffering from Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Eating disorders, Self harmers, Personality disorders - They are the only conditions which are now classed as being "Enduring" - the actual dictionary definition of which is lasting for a period of time. In my case this has been the majority of the last 40 years.
I am struggling to grasp the fact that the NHS appears to be now denying the very treatment they announced so proudly as Care in the Community! - Which, of course was their excuse for closing most Mental health hospitals, and selling the land off for a huge profit, which was then used to build luxury housing on!
OK, enough history - I am very interested in anyone else's experience with their local Community Mental Health services.