Ranting about mental health

by Charlotte Fantelli

Have your say!!!

I have created this post as a way for you to tell me what you want. As the editor of Mental Healthy it is very important to me what YOU think. Us writers and editors rant on about mental health issues and  now this is your space to do the same.

What would you like us to cover?

What are we doing well?

What are we doing wrong?

Or simply have a rant - what get's your goat about mental health services? What do you want to get off your chest. Let us know here and we will endeavour to get back to you.



I LOVE what you are doing, I come see what u are up to evry day. Makes me know I'm not alone, thanks, Laura
What you are doing is great, keep up the good work

Thanks to you - and to Laura for your kind comments :)

Hi Charlotte and Readers I was an avid reader of UnCovered magazine and thought it was superb. It is great also now that you have made an opportunity for people to post comments. I have had personal experience of panic and anxiety and can honestly say that even though these two things are undoubtedly horrible to go through there is always hope that we can overcome such difficulties and in doing so help ourselves and others. I work as a volunteer for Mind and am mentoring someone who has agoraphobia and IBS as a result of her anxieties. It is very grounding to work with people who have such difficulties. But we must remember that anxiety or any other mental health issue is only one part of us. The lady I work with has a fantastic sense of humour and really looks after her appearance. Another person I know has a real talent for pyrography (wood work design) and the thing that keeps me going everyday is celebrating the positives. I wish all readers the health and happiness they are due and if things are tough keep working at it and you will find there are lighter times ahead. Lisa, Bedford, aged 24

Thanks so much for your comments, brilliantly said! You have invaluable experience and such a wonderful and wise way of expressing it. It's great to hear from you and keep us up to date with things,



I'm going to the docs tonight with hubby by my side for support. I was on 40mg citalopram and he reduced me to 20mg only 3 weeks after having another really low time and I've gone downhill again. he seems determined to get me off medication but what if meds are the only way for me? I had an initial counselling appointment in May and heard nothing since. Too much of a scaredy cat to ring and ask for another one. Useless situation!
Hi there, it's Charlotte here (the editor) logged out as on a different computer. I'm sorry to hear you are having this issue. The first thing I would say is get that appointment - if you can not phone please ask your husband to. Talking therapy needs to be given along side medication to help the route cause of your illness. I can't advise on meds etc - I am sure your GP will have reasons, however as with any physical illness you have the right to a second opinion before any medication is changed. I understand it is very hard but you have rights, if you can't do this then please get your supportive husband to - If you question the support you are getting you have the RIGHT to other advice. Counselling should be a safe place for you to air your difficulties, however, there are different types of talking therapy and they work in different ways, again ask - it is your RIGHT to know what therapy you are having and why, and what the outcome should be. I have outlined a letter below you may like to copy and paste and print this to take to your GP, if you can not face asking him simply hand him the piece of paper. If you are NOT satisfied with the answers to these questions ask for a second opinion. I hope this helps. Kind regards, The Mental Healthy team. Dear__________________ As you know I am struggling at the moment and am unsure of why my medication is being cut while I am feeling this way. Please can you talk me through the reason so I understand what outcome we are hoping for. I had an appointment for counselling but have heard nothing, please can you help arrange another for me? Please can you explain what kind of counselling it will be and again what outcome we are hoping for?
I love this site, I visit every minute I can, there's always something new!!! THANK-YOU
You make talking about mental health normal, just as you would going to the dentist or simething. Really great!
hi, i was extremely interested in the blog using food for pain. it is something i have done myself and believed i was the only person in the world who did this. The guy had great insight into this and reading his experiences touched me. does he write anywhere else? thank you. Lewi

Hi Lewi, Thanks for getting in touch, Paul Holmes writes a blog for us here: http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/blogs/paul-holmes which you obviously realise, but I thought I'd link just incase you missed his other posts.

I think this is his only blog but I will drop him a line to get full details and update you Monday/Tuesday if I may.

Thanks for taking the time to comment,


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Hi Lewi, and can I also say many thanks for commenting on my blog. It really makes it all worth while. At present I only blog here, but will do other unrelated stuff in the future, but not sure if thats your thing. I would love to write everywhere as I have so much to say, as do so many of these great bloggers do.
I hope you are well and once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comments.

Best wishes

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I have been waiting for DBT for over a year now. They stopped my medication so as it would be 'the real' me they would be treating. They failed to get me into therapy after all that. Now I am left. I have taken 25 overdoses in less than 2 years. Hopeless.


I am so sorry to hear you feel like this. It's hard for me to know how to help as I am not a qualified psychologist and don't know your history or condition. However, I did once feel as though I couldn't go on, I saw no hope, no future and lived every day in pain. I now thank God I didn't give up, if I had I wouldn't have the wonderful life I have now that the blackness is over. Where there is life there is hope. You need to find the support you need. Your GP needs to help you. If care from them is no good ask for a second/third opinion, you have every right to be heard. SANE have various methods of help and support also, please see here: http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/

On behalf of friends and family who have lost loved ones from suicide - please don't give up your decisions will change the lives of so many, even if you believe otherwise.

Charlotte x

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