I have some caring responsibilities for my partner, and I am looking for advice from experienced carers on how to discourage partners getting themselves discharged from community mental health teams.
My partner has PTSD and severe depression, has active suicidal thoughts, and has recently started to develop disassociation and derealisation. My partner was with the home-based treatment team for a few months and has been transferred to the CMHT two months ago.
My partner wants to be discharged from the CMHT as they don’t think they will get better, they don’t trust their carer and staff at the CMHT (due to pass incompetence and staff problems at the CMHT), and they don’t think the CMHT will provide the (long-term) therapeutical support that they need to get better (due to limited numbers of sessions available at the CMHT). Therefore, my partner wants to be left alone.
I strongly oppose that. I still see the value from the CMHT and believe they are making slow yet steady progress. Also, due to Covid-19, if they get discharged then there will be months of waiting list if they want to go back in the system again.
However, I share their concerns with the CMHT as well. For example, we recently asked for a care plan, but only given a very short document that basically says what my partner’s current issues are - without any mention of what the future treatment plan is. There are also limited resources within the NHS, and I am aware that the systems is not fit to provide a long term support that my partner needs. I want to go private, my partner doesn’t trust private services either / or doesn’t know where to start from.
I want to know whether there are other carers here who are also partners who manage their relationship as well as provide support for their partners. Also, if people can share some good practice examples of encouraging partner to stay put and not get themselves discharged from the CMHT, that would be appreciated.