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Tell Us About Your Experiences Of Accessing Mental Health Care In The UK

Was it easy, frustratingly difficult, or somewhere in between?

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Making the decision to get help for a mental health issue is a huge step, but for many people in the UK it's also the start of a frustrating uphill struggle.

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Mental health isn't currently covered by the NHS 18-week waiting time pledge, and in 2013 12% of people surveyed by the charity MIND said that they had waited over a year for talking-based mental health services.

People from specific ethnic groups can also face particular barriers when it comes to accessing care.

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Race plays a big factor in mental health treatment. In a 2013 briefing, MIND announced that they had found startling inequalities in the way people from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are treated when they are in crisis in the UK.

And it can be incredibly hard to fight against these barriers and push for the treatment you need when you're feeling depressed, anxious, or unwell already.

I'm trying to get the mental health help I deserve and need and no one is accepting new patients and no one will help me I'm screaming

Some people give up trying to access talking therapies on the NHS and go private instead.

nhs waiting lists for counselling are long too. i was on it for a year before i knew i had to pay for it myself.

But that isn't an option for everyone as fees for counselling and psychotherapy can be high, putting them beyond the reach of people with a low income.

Although – thankfully – it is sometimes relatively easy to access the help you need.

A big thank u to my GP yesterday who was really helpful and spent a lot of time with me and helped my anxiety and gave me follow up appoint

Which is just the way it should be.

Whatever your experiences of accessing mental health treatment are, we would really like to hear about them. Write your response in the comment section below, and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.

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