A THURROCK councillor has raised concerns over monitoring of patients taking medications for mental health conditions.
Thurrock Independent councillor for Stanford East and Corringham Town, cllr Shane Ralph said: “Over the last few years its become very clear that far too many patients are just given an antidepressant or other mental health medication and just sent on their way. People put in a repeat prescriptions, month after month, without any monitoring of the effectiveness of the medication and whether they are experiencing any side effects.
I am a mental health tutor and have been able to speak to hundreds of patients taking medication who are never called in for check ups. It seems they are just sent away to manage their mental health themselves. Regular GP check ups are needed even if it’s just once every 6 months.
Mental illness can hit anyone. I have been teaching subjects like Anxiety and confidence building for 14 years but I was diagnosed with Anxiety in 2017. Since being prescribed medication two years ago I haven’t been called in for a single check up to make sure that the medication is effective.
This Thursday is world mental health day. We need to start talking about our own mental health and the services that we are receiving. If we do this then we can gather the evidence required to apply the necessary pressure to force improvements in the services currently being offered within Thurrock.