proper care for people with mental health problems

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My 28 year old son has Asperger syndrome and mental health problems that are severely affecting his young life. The Mental health teams and Adult Social Care teams in Cornwall have provided very little support and refused my son admission to hospital even though he himself and his family have pleaded with them for him to hospitalized due to the risk he poses to himself and others. His psychiatrist strongly suggested that my son needed hospitalization over 3 months ago. Unfortunately, the second consultant - who is needed to ensure hospitalization - and has never met my son - blocked my son's psychiatrists recommendations, saying my son could be cared for in the community. My son's mental health is deteriorating rapidly - and no - one from the 'caring services' appears to be listening to either him or his family. As his mother - I have had to do the majority of work which should be done by the mental health team. A care package was supposed to be put in place 6 weeks ago by Adult Social Care team - which has not happened. In desperation, my son went by ambulance, after phoning the police due to extreme fear of self harm and harm to others, on the 24/05/2013, to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. After spending all day waiting to be assessed - he was sent away being told he was 'making his condition up'. After leaving the hospital he verbally attacked someone and was arrested. The police were so concerned for his mental health they kept him in custody for 3 days - and contacted the mental health team. After my son's release - no -one contacted my son or myself. My son and I spent most of today - 31/05/2013 - outside the Bodmin Early Intervention Teams office asking for help. We were seen - but sent away with a prescription and no other help. If this is happening to us - I imagine it must be happening to many other people. I am starting this petition for change in the way people with mental health problems are currently being treated - or in our case - not being treated.

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