As promised I have now closed the Getting Help Survey which we launched some weeks back now.
The survey asked folk the following question….
“From the point of trying to get help with your mental health, how long did it take you to get an acceptable diagnosis for your mental health?”
Well as is often the case with these things only 45 people voted but that is a fairly good indicator and so I thought I would share the results with you all…
Interestingly, and very sadly, some 33 voters out of the 45 total voters sad it took over a year before they got an acceptable diagnosis in respect of their mental health. That equates to some 73.3% of those voting.
A further 3 voters said they had never been diagnosed and a further 2 said they had never accepted the diagnosis that they were given. This is a further 11% of those voting.
This means that quick and acceptable help was not received by over 84% of those voting.
Other figures were that:
One voter said it took more than one month but less than two months.
One voter said it took more than three months but less than six months.
One voter said it took more than six months but less than a year.
Thankfully 4 voters stated that they did indeed get an acceptable diagnosis within one month of seeking help for their mental health.
I am extremely aware that this is a very small poll when you consider the amount of people suffering with mental health related challenges and who have actually sought help. But I can’t help wondering just how indicative this is and why it is this way?
I would certainly be interested in your comments and feedback on this