UK Hospitals to provide better Mental Health Care

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In March 2013, my father attempted to take his own life. He was admitted to the acute ward to pump his stomach, then seen by a CPN for a short consultation then discharged. Less than a month later he committed suicide.

5 months later at the inquest, the coroner said it was "the bare minimum that could have been done".

He was given no referral to a mental health team, no crisis information, no medication. He was just sent on his way. I believe that there should have been more done in the hospital, that the nurse should have set a plan in place for my dad to get better, instead of just being discharged with no further help.

I think that if there was more help and support in the hospital, if the nurse had of been more thorough in her chat with him, he may still be here. I feel that there should the "bare minimum" that should be done should include a compulsory follow up appointment with a GP, and an urgent referral to the local mental health team. I also believe that all hospitals should have space for mental health patients, and that patients should be kept in hospital longer to make sure they are safe to leave the hospital and not be at risk of harming themselves.

I want to stop this from happening to other families. This has turned our world upside down and I wouldn't wish the pain on anyone.



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