One huge thing I have found is the issue with mental illness and physical illness. Chris has taken countless overdoses and he’s self harmed landing him in A&E, now a psychiatrist or crisis team will not see anyone who hasn’t been cleared medically fit by a doctor at our hospital. Now more often than not he’s always been required if taken an overdose to remain in hospital under observation at the very least but because a psychiatrist hasn’t assessed his mental state it leaves him free to do as he pleases and that usually consists of going home to ‘finish the job off’ the most anyone says to me when I warn them he’s a habit of not co operating or just leaving that if he left they would call the police… very helpful, I think not. More often than not they didn’t even do that and put him down as ‘self discharged’.
If i can persuade Chris to remain in hospital till he is cleared as being medically fit and then make sure he remains there for the six hours it normally takes them to send a psychiatrist I’m for a start doing well. They show up hours after the event to Chris who is normally agitated and fed up and just wanting to get as far away from their as possible, they ask him a load of questions where he either lies or makes it out to be no big issue, they discharge him and he leaves. They have completely missed the opportunity to see him completely distressed like when he entered. Cue this cycle over and over again for months.
Seems no one will treat them both at the same time and until someone does chances are Chris would continue to walk out.