TW Suicide is SERIOUS
This is going to be my shortest post to date ….it’s a simple message.
Recently I got severe chest pains and had to call an ambulance, it arrived really quickly and when they arrived the pain was subsiding. I told them that the pain was a bit less now and they said ‘ but you’re better off calling it’s good to be checked out, chest pain is really serious.’ On reaching hospital the same message was given to me ‘yes Sue it’s good you called ‘ and I was treated swiftly and kindly.
When I have had to call an ambulance and gone to hospital after overdosing I have never been told ‘it’s good you called ‘ and that I should get my overdose and suicidal thoughts checked out. I have on occasion been treated kindly but often left not spoken to left to sit on a chair oh and one time I fell off. I was left to feel like I was a burden another time being told ‘this bed is needed for an ill person,’ perhaps one with chest pains?
I am waiting for the day when hospital and ambulance staff tell me ‘it’s good you called suicidal thoughts are really serious’ and I’m always treated kindly and swiftly .
Parity of esteem physical and mental health it’s not happening culturally or financially…
That is sad.