Mentally ill about "heartbreaking" work reality – and why they can not always be blamed for suicide


A Hull mental health worker has asserted allegations of his "service failing people" who commit suicide.

The worker, who wants to remain anonymous, said she wanted to comment in the social media comments that psychiatric services in the city are not enough for suicides.

She said that many people who take their own lives do not tell the psychiatric workers the full story – so they can not get the right care they need.

The worker also said it was "heartbreaking" that mental health workers do not do the work "the way they should."

She told Hull Live, "People often complain about the NHS, especially about psychosocial services, but I've already seen a lot of comments on the news after suicide and psychiatric services failed.

People wait up to six weeks to be seen by psychiatric staff

"People say psychiatric services are garbage when they respond to people in crisis, and they just do not do enough to save people, but the reality is very, very different.

"On the one hand, what someone thinks is a crisis, not always what services think is a crisis, if you are suicidal and have plans to respond to it, you'll get an urgent response.

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"If someone hurts himself but has no plans to end his life, he can wait longer to see him, it's not that psychiatric services do not want to see patients urgently, but because there are not enough people In particular, we must prioritize those who are directly at risk.

"Psychiatric services can not always be held responsible for someone ending their lives.

"If they do not tell us what many people do not do to end their lives, then we have no way of knowing and therefore will not give an urgent answer."

Terrible gap in the services

The worker said there was a "terrible gap in services" at present, and sometimes people who do not need "urgent support" would have to wait a "very, very long time".

She added, "Unfortunately, due to staff and funding constraints, we can do little to counter these waiting times.

"However, I would like to urge everyone who has a hard time waiting to contact the crisis team if they need urgent contact, or to contact the team you have been approached to see if he is in the meantime can provide telephone support.

"The saddest thing is that in some services, even if you're seen, you may have to wait a long time between appointments."

Mental health and suicide support

Helplines and support groups

The NHS Choices website lists the following helplines and support networks that people can talk to.

  • Samaritan's (116 123) offers a 24-hour service, which is available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you feel, or if you are worried about being overheard on the phone, you can send Samaritans an e-mail to
  • Childline (0800 1111) operates a hotline for children and adolescents in the UK. Calls are free and the number is not displayed on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) supports teenagers and young adults who feel suicidal.
  • Mind (0300 123 3393) is a UK-based charity providing advice and support to empower people who have a mental health problem. They are committed to improving services, raising awareness and understanding.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a bad mood or have suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for children and adults who are affected by bullying.

In Hull, the worker found that appointments can sometimes take up to six weeks before a patient can talk to anyone.

She said: "I have about 70 patients, and sometimes they have to wait 4-6 weeks between appointments, we aim for 1-2 weeks, but again we have to prioritize those who have a high risk of suicide.

Sam Conlin took his own life in December last year. His body was never salvaged.

"This means that those who are not at high risk are less intensively treated and, as a result, become unwell over time and urgent.

"There's no room to stop people from getting worse, as a nurse, it breaks my heart that I can not do the job the way I want it to – my job is influenced by risk rather than being timely fair Receives treatment.

"Please know that we really want to help everyone, we do not want to deny or keep anyone waiting or lose more people by suicide.

"Unfortunately, the government will not finance us, so we can have more staff and better services, ie those who need help pay the price.

"I can only hope that the services will change over time, but if you need help, please contact your local crisis team and third sector services. I urge you to reach out to friends Self-help books, please do not give up the fight over funding cuts. "

A man in the UK takes his own life every two hours (generic image)

Research in 2018 found that a drop in nurses could contribute to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in the UK. That's more than 100 deaths per day.

At that time, a health ministry spokesman said, "As the researchers themselves state, this study can not be used to make clear conclusions about the cause of excessive deaths.

"The NHS is treating more people than ever before and funding is at record levels, with an increase of 8 billion pounds by 2020-21."

Talk upstairs

Our Speak Up campaign aims to raise awareness of men's mental health issues

Hull Live's Speak Up campaign aims to raise awareness of mental issues among young men.

With suicide, the biggest killer of men under 45, more needs to be done to help people in need.

By addressing these issues, we hope to encourage men who struggle with mental health issues to speak out and seek help.

We must all speak for the mental health of men.

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