"We are witnessing first hand the impact of lockdown on people's mental health and suicide risk...It is so important that a strong and clear message is given out nationally which legitimises and recognises the extent of mental health suffering under lockdown – and which ensures that people do not feel reluctant to seek help, or guilty for doing so.
Not all of us are able to talk, when depressed or in crisis. Mental exhaustion may make it impossible. How to help someone in silent crisis.
"When deeply depressed, I experience such profound exhaustion that being with other people becomes impossible."
It is patently wrong when so many people are, in effect, being denied the right to life – a basic human right.
The natural world embraces you. It accepts all that you are. I felt a part of that world, despite feeling that I no longer belonged in the human world.
"I received empathy, care and kindness from the healthcare assistants and this had an extremely protective impact against suicide."
"I wish this would happen routinely: that the expertise of carers and family/friends was recognised and considered an essential part of the assessment, diagnosis and understanding of the patient."
"In reality, the aftercare may consist only of a single visit from the mental health team the day after leaving psychiatric hospital."
"We cannot simply label people as 'difficult to engage' and somehow categorise it as the problem of the patient. "
"Acknowledge the likelihood that they have not found the right kind of help yet. Work persistently to provide or find that help for them. Support them. Believe in their ability to survive. It is important that you hold onto hope for them."
"Any decisions I make are influenced by this altered pattern of thinking. That is why I wish mental health and other professionals would stop telling patients 'It’s your decision' in a way that implies the patient is thinking rationally and clearly, and is fully well."
"When 'Improved Access to Psychological Therapy' means a six-month wait, something has gone very badly wrong."