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My father suffers from depression

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My father suffers from depression and has been good for some time. We lost our Mum 3 years ago, and so far he has been doing well and has met a new partner. In the past 3 weeks he has gone sharply down hill. He is getting no or one or two hrs sleep with sleeping tablets prescribed by the doctor. We visited the doctor yesterday and they prescribed anti-depressants too. I am particularly concerned right now though. We asked about 'talking' treatment and they confirmed he can be referred but there is a 3 month waiting list. Can we seek some care/treatment even if we need to pay for it?

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We hope you will see some improvement over time with the anti depressants his GP has prescribed but would like to suggest that you contact MIND, a mental health charity, for further information about seeking help outside the NHS. They have a support line on 0300 1233393 as well as a text message service on 86463 that will help you source local support. They also have an emergency helpline, should you need it, on 0300 3035999.

We do hope this helps you to find appropriate help in your area without the 3 months waiting time.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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