More needs to be done for patients
A man claims that mental health workers told him he was "not suicidal enough" when he called for help.
Adam Pick, who lives off Abbey Lane,Leicester, said that he no longer felt able to ask for help because he would not get it from the crisis team, run by the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
The 33-year-old is backing a campaign by the mental health charity, Mind.
Charity officials said a national survey of mental health services revealed many were overstretched. Some people were not getting the support they needed from crisis teams, which help people suffering acute problems.
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Mr Pick, who has suffered from mental health issues for 15 years, claimed: "My GP has always done his best for me but I haven't received all the support from the crisis team I should have done."
He said he was told he was not trying hard enough and when he was feeling suicidal he was discharged.
He said: "There have been occasions when my GP has tried to refer me to the team but was told I didn't fit the criteria.
"In October I was struggling with a few different things and struggling not to self-harm when my doctor referred me again to the crisis team.
"They came out later that evening and said I wasn't showing enough signs to be concerned about."
Mr Pick, who is training to be a mental health advocate, said: "It has been a bumpy ride through the mental health services. Some of the care has been all right but at the moment I feel as if my safety net has been taken away. I really believe in this campaign by Mind."
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: "We are deeply concerned that some crisis care services appear to be struggling to support people with mental health problems when they need help the most."
A spokesman for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said a new system had been introduced to make it easier for patients to get help in a crisis. He said the trust would be "taking on board" the Mind report.