The following contribution is from Ellie. She described how her local eating disorder service and her GP have played a valuable part in her ongoing recovery from mental health difficulties:
“The best bits of mental health care I’ve had have been under the eating disorder service. It’s not easy to get referred to them but once you’re in they are so supportive. I was so lucky to have been given the opportunity to go to day service (even though I was reluctant at first) because it changed my life. For the first time I felt like someone cared about me and about recovery but at the same time they weren’t going to do it all for me. All the staff members there took the time to get to know me, and knew me so well. They have also done their best to support me when things fell outside their remit with my general mental health and without them I don’t think I actually would have got the referral to the CMHT that I needed.
I’d also like to talk about my GP. So many people have horror stories about GP’s dealing with mental health, not understanding, not knowing what to do, refusing referrals and just dealing with everything with meds. But from day one my GP has been fully committed to supporting me the best he can. He openly admitted when I first saw him he didn’t know much about eating disorders but he went away, did his reading and research and now considers him a bit of a specialist! He has always taken the time to see me even when I have turned up to the surgery unexpectedly in a crisis. He has liaised with other professionals and just generally made sure that I knew he had my back and I didn’t have to battle for anything from a physical point of view.”
This post is one of an ongoing series written by people who want to share their positive experiences of mental health services. If you’d like to contribute, please get in touch.
You can follow Ellie on Twitter: @EllieWildbore