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    • Katapolt
    • By Katapolt 30th Nov 17, 8:51 AM
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    Mental Health Support
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    • 30th Nov 17, 8:51 AM
    Mental Health Support 30th Nov 17 at 8:51 AM
    Hiya,

    I was wondering if anyone can recommend some good websites maybe that can offer free counselling or mental health support?

    I have explored all options my GP can offer, and i cant afford the £50 an hour most around my way seem to charge (i know its an investment in ones health, but when money is already causing stress it wont help).

    I was hoping others may have found support or comfort from places and may be able to help.

    Thanks in advance
    FTB 2017
    Currently dealing with a Quarter Life Crisis
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 30th Nov 17, 8:54 AM
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    Many of the support sites are diagnosis specific - might help if you're willing to say what area of MH the support would be helpful for.
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    • Katapolt
    • By Katapolt 30th Nov 17, 9:07 AM
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    Honestly i'm not that sure. I think i have a lot of repressed memories from childhood/young adult trauma and im looking to try and find a way to work through it all.
    FTB 2017
    Currently dealing with a Quarter Life Crisis
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 30th Nov 17, 9:13 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 9:13 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 9:13 AM
    Does your employer offer any sort of counselling service?
    • Katapolt
    • By Katapolt 30th Nov 17, 9:16 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 9:16 AM
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    No, i work for a really small family run business, and im still fairly new to the company so i dont want them to think theres anything wrong with me really.
    FTB 2017
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    • JayJay100
    • By JayJay100 30th Nov 17, 9:18 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 9:18 AM
    A friend of mine is using something called Silver Cloud to help her through the grieving process of losing a close family member; she wanted face-to-face counselling, and at first she felt that she'd been fobbed off with this, but now she says that it's brilliant, and she prefers it.

    Edit - just looked it up, and it's a NHS thing, so you may already know about it. If not, here's the link: https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/online-mental-health-services/Pages/silvercloud.aspx
    Last edited by JayJay100; 30-11-2017 at 9:24 AM. Reason: Additional information
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 30th Nov 17, 9:40 AM
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    Has your GP referred you to an MH specialist / team who will be able to give a diagnosis, since you don't seem to have one?

    There is a process which starts with the GP, but doesn't end there. I don't have direct experience, though some here do. A friend of mine has been going through it for about 18 months, starting with her GP, who referred her on to a local MH team, got a diagnosis from either a psychiatrist or psychoanalyst (she did tell me, I don't remember) that she was sent to a year or so back, and is waiting for DBT at the moment. She can't afford to pay for it herself, so has to wait. While my friend's current problems were triggered by a specific event last year, they have their roots in her childhood which has affected her entire adult life.

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    • Katapolt
    • By Katapolt 30th Nov 17, 9:44 AM
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    I originally had counselling almost 7 years ago after being referred by the NHS, and then about a year ago i had CBT through the NHS and have been told i have anxiety with PTSD and depression.

    Its more that most things are under control, but its these repressed things that every now and then crop up, and i wont even know until something seemingly random will trigger it. I just thought as an adult now its best to try and talk to someone about these things, maybe try and uncover what i've been suppressing and address them.

    My GP has said that since i have done the CBT and i have been on medication there isnt really any other help they can offer.
    FTB 2017
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 30th Nov 17, 10:01 AM
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    There may be a charity in your town that offers counselling for a small amount (usually £1). Your GP should know if there is.
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    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 30th Nov 17, 10:18 AM
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    There is a process which starts with the GP, but doesn't end there.
    Unfortunately for many mental health treatment does stop there. CBT and drugs is about as much as you'll get unless you are quite severely ill.

    I would echo the suggestion of looking for low cost services. Also some therapists will offer a reduced cost service to a limited number of clients as part of their commitment to mental wellbeing for all.

    Katapolt, also look into what type of therapy may be suitable for you. CBT is not suited for longer term, deep rooted issues, perhaps look at psychodynamic therapy and EMDR for traumatic issues.

    Could you afford an initial assessment? It might be worth paying just the once to get some guidance on what may help you, and to get a feel for what psychotherapy feels like. It can be extremely intense, but worthwhile in the long run.
    • tikki999
    • By tikki999 1st Dec 17, 8:55 AM
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    Go back to your GP and ask if EMDR is available on the NHS in your area. This is a specific trauma therapy and is pertinent as you have a diagnosis of PTSD.
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 1st Dec 17, 3:51 PM
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    The town I live in has an NHS mental health source that you can refer yourself to & do not need to go through a GP. It is mostly done by phone or group therapy. Although our GP does seem to hand out the cards on a "use if you feel the need" basis. But some GPs do not seem to be happy dealing with any type of mental issues.
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 1st Dec 17, 4:51 PM
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    try and uncover what i've been suppressing
    Originally posted by Katapolt
    That's a really dangerous game to play. Have a listen to Professor Elizabeth Loftus.
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    • By 166million 1st Dec 17, 7:54 PM
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    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 1st Dec 17, 8:09 PM
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    That's a really dangerous game to play. Have a listen to Professor Elizabeth Loftus.
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    You might want to read more of Prof Loftus' work before using her to support your assertion. At no point does she suggest that working through suppressed memories in a therapeutic setting is a bad thing.

    Psychotherapy can be a life saver for many, although it is not appropriate for all. Please don't allow your own ignorance to dissuade others from seeking help.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 1st Dec 17, 8:24 PM
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    I originally had counselling almost 7 years ago after being referred by the NHS, and then about a year ago i had CBT through the NHS and have been told i have anxiety with PTSD and depression.

    Its more that most things are under control, but its these repressed things that every now and then crop up, and i wont even know until something seemingly random will trigger it. I just thought as an adult now its best to try and talk to someone about these things, maybe try and uncover what i've been suppressing and address them.

    My GP has said that since i have done the CBT and i have been on medication there isnt really any other help they can offer.
    Originally posted by Katapolt
    What about organisations that specialise in ptsd?
    They may help you to better understand your triggers .
    • elsien
    • By elsien 1st Dec 17, 9:45 PM
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    I've just been reading about a new app called PTSD hub. I have to stress I've not looked at it and don't know how useful it is but it's been developed by someone with PTSD to share coping strategies. Might be worth a look,
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    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 1st Dec 17, 11:12 PM
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    At no point does she suggest that working through suppressed memories in a therapeutic setting is a bad thing.
    Originally posted by IAmWales
    "What I found is that most of these situations involved some particular form of psychotherapy.

    I designed some experiments to study the processes being used in this psychotherapy...

    When I published the work and began to speak out against this particular brand of psychotherapy it created pretty bad problems for me…hostility…."


    Psychotherapy can be a life saver for many, although it is not appropriate for all. Please don't allow your own ignorance to dissuade others from seeking help.
    Originally posted by IAmWales
    I'm not speaking from ignorance, my own experience is that therapy has varied from useless to damaging to deliberately malicious. This and this sum it up quite well.
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    • Lolly88
    • By Lolly88 2nd Dec 17, 8:50 PM
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    You can self refer to your local IAPT service which will offer treatment for PTSD. Just google IAPT + your area.
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    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 3rd Dec 17, 9:20 PM
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    What is your medical qualification?
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