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Update on the depression…

June 19th, 2013 (04:11 pm)

I had to go for a counselling session today – which wasn’t at all what I expected. Apprently the NHS don’t DO one-to-one depression counselling. That’s nice.

Instead of which this woman who said she was a depression therapist (I’m guessing that’s not a ten year medical training post) and has booked me on : (wait for it…)

a “Positive Wellbeing Workshop”

gah. Tell me, anyone who knows ANYTHING about me (even when fit and well and completely undepressed) does this sound like something I’m going to like?

It all sounds a bit happy-clappy to me. I’m betting there will be kum-ba-yaing and group hugs. and ….*shudder* improvisational mime.



Posted by: Becky Black (becky_black)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)

Sounds awful. god, don't they assess people properly to see what's most suitable for them? The word "workshop" sends shivers down my spine.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)

seems that the NHS depression coverage pretty much is non existent and relies on charities.

Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)

Oh poor you, that's AWFUL.

It really sucks how what's available on the NHS varies so much from one area to another - we can get 1-to-1 counselling where I live (I've had some, and it was worthwhile), and I recall hearing that they had good mental health services in Oxfordshire when I was down there (though I decided to quit my job and move to Wales instead!)

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)

the only 1 to 1 they do is an organisation in Lowestoft, which I'd have to drive there, and then you only get a "certain number" of sessions and after that you have to pay. PAY??

Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)

That's rubbish!

Admittedly, the counselling I had wasn't specialist depression counselling, and it was of infinte duration - at the end of the first session the counsellor discussed how many sessions he thought might be appropriate, but it was at least at my local GP surgery.

It really baffles me how we all pay the same NI yet there's so much variance even with provision for basic needs... (and yes, in my books, support and counselling for depression is a basic need)

Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)

*was in no way of infinite duration.

Honestly, one of these days I'll learn to read before hitting 'Post'!

Posted by: Karen (cerisaye)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)

Well I am not depressed but the prospect of having to attend a "Positive Wellbeing Workshop" would have me running for the hills. As others have said, it seems terribly unfair the postcode lottery that operates for the NHS so it your bad luck if you live somewhere surgeries don't have attached counsellors; what you have been offered is beyond inadequate. Can your GP not do something? Or if he/she isn't supportive, could you see another GP willing to push for proper one-to-one counselling? You cannot be expected to deal with severe depression on your own, you need help & support and the NHS should be there to help you not make things worse. There's always the Samaritans and similar organisations, always there is you just need someone to talk to about anything, always confidential.

Posted by: Rikibeth (rikibeth)
Posted at: June 20th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)

I suspect the only way you'd come out of that workshop feeling better is if you went armed with Nerf darts or hacky sacks or something and got to chuck them at anyone who said something stupid.

Posted by: lee_rowan (lee_rowan)
Posted at: June 21st, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
Wee Mad Amelia

Ask her what her qualifications are.

The thing MIGHT actually be helpful, but with a title like that, it sound nauseating.

One definition of depression that I've read is "anger turned inward." If so, all this nonsense is at least giving you a chance to turn it OUTWARD, so maybe that's useful, if unintentionally.

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