Canada and England both hold a special place in my heart. I’m Canadian born, grew up in England, and now live in the US. I’ve been reading your blogs and I can’t understand how mental illness is treated in these two countries. I’ve read that people in crisis have had to wait weeks to see a doctor? From what I can gather, you also have a limited amount of time and visits with your doctor? Tell me isn’t true. Tell me that you don’t have to cut yourself up before someone will see you.
I have a doctor that I chose. I can see him whenever I need to ($50 deductible per visit), I can call his office and ask questions. If necessary, I can admit myself into the local psych ward at the hospital. I have decent insurance. Unfortunately, there are only about 100 beds available for mental patients in a city of 100,000 people. Deciding to seek help was hard enough and I’m so glad that the system didn’t add any extra anxiety.
What is the process in Canada and England to get help? From what I have read, it doesn’t seem easy.