Friday, 17 October 2014

Crisis!

Something that really frustrates me is that there is not enough emergency help for mental health problems.
 If a person was to break their leg, they would go immediately to A&E. True, there maybe long waiting times but eventually you would get help. Sadly, however there is little help for having a mental health crisis. People can call the emergency numbers but unfortunately there is little to nothing they can do.
There is a Crisis line which is fantastic but they can only open certain hours. The problem with mental health breakdowns is that they usually happen at night. When I have had a crisis it has been at night when i am alone with my thoughts and there is no-one around to help.
 Sometimes all you need is to talk to someone and at these times charities such as the Samaritans are invaluable. However, I don't think we should have to rely on them. There are other times when you need physical, face to face care, with a person who is trained. Hopefully at some point in the near future there will be a 24 hour emergency line for people having mental health crisis. This would also show that it is a problem that is beginning to be taken seriously.