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Hi everyone. I have suffered life long depression and am on long term meds. Mostly fortunately it is mainly mild but with some nasty flare ups where I am suicidal. It seems to be changing recently and thoughts of suicide are on my mind more (I don't have a plan though) To this end I sought NHS counselling.a few weeks ago.
However the mental health services have changed the way they operate now and are rationing it much more severely in my area. I went for an assessment with a counsellor, teelling her of my feelings, and discussed a few of my issues (there wasn't time for more) and she then went in to see the psychiatist and came back with a diagnosis of moderate depression and said my ad's should be upped etc,
I then had a letter back saying I have just been referred back to my GP. I haven't been offered counselling at all even though I told her it would help me. I feel stuck now as I am on a very limited income and there is no way I can afford to pay. My doctors won't help with a private referral, so is there any way I can get free or very cheap counselling please. I can't find out anything about it on the net for my area though I guess it is available.
Has anyone got any ideas how I can access it please (my doctors don't know). Thank you. x
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