Mental Health Review

04 May

Today I got a copy of my latest mental health review as I wanted to see exactly what had been sent to the crisis accommodation people so I knew exactly where I stood if I decide to go on Thursday. I have decided to put it in on my blog as it sums up where the service thinks I’m at currently. I’m not 100% this is a good idea, but want to be make this as open and honest an account of my journey that it can be.

Below is the risk assessment in the ‘harm to self/suicide’ section – I’ve only included the ones that were ticked:

“Suicide attempts – yes
Incidents of self harm – yes
Any expressions of concern from others about the risk of harm to self/suicide – yes
Considered/planned intent – yes
Expressing high levels of distress – yes
Expressing ideas of self harm/suicide – yes
Helplessness/hopelessness – yes
Living alone – yes
Psychiatric diagnosis – yes
Recent discharge from mental health inpatient service – yes
Major life event – yes

Current situation:
Can’t see future for herself, feels the work needed to be done is overwhelming.
Feels she will continue to make attempts on her life but has no specific plan or intent, feels that she would like support at this time in trying to manage her distress that is leading to suicidality. Will ask for help, but is often not able to due to the distress often being out of hours. X has significant difficulty in talking to people on the telephone and finds this unhelpful at times. X describes currently going from 0-60 in her emotions and associated impulsivity will then surface. X is willing to look at alternative management techniques but feels that nothing is as effective as small overdoses to sleep the intense feelings off and is ambivalent about the fact that this may accidentally kill her.
Is DSH via cutting arm superficially with a razor.
Is using overdoses of over the counter sleeping tablets to numb emotions and distress and is trying to sleep away days to avoid experiencing the intensity of emotions.

Factors increasing risk:
Feels there is another version of her in a parallel universe that will continue to live even if she dies (quantum physics theory)
Impulsive nature.
Level of emotional distress experienced.
Minimal protective factors
Finds it difficult to talk on the phone and her distress is often out of hours

Factors decreasing risk:
Nieces x2 are protective factors at times
X reporting she would like support with managing these feelings of distress and is accepting of extra support at this time.
X aware of alternative ways to try to manage distress and will make efforts to do these.”

I know this is just one section of the review (it’s 19 pages) but after reading it, I think it shows that although I’m really struggling at the minute, I am also asking for help and trying to get through it!!


Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “Mental Health Review

  1. Mike

    May 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    There’s something a bit arse-about-face about a system that can describe distress as being ‘out of hours’. I know what they mean on a practical level but there’s something gone wrong with priorities if you can go and buy your shopping at Tesco’s at 4am but not be able to get help with mental health issues.

  2. Warrior Woman

    May 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Hey lovely ❤ Just wanted to let you know that I've read this and that I'm proud of you for how you keep fighting. You're so strong. I'm glad they've acknowledged that you are trying to work with them 🙂

    *squishes and an IV drip of chocolate* 😉 ❤

    • femaleptsd

      May 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Iv drip of chocolate always welcome 🙂


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