Kaiser, Don't Deny

Patients need access to timely and consistent mental health services

Home  |  Patient Stories  |  Our Mission  |  New California Law  |  Media Coverage  |  Patient Resources  |  Share Your Story

Patient Stories

I have seriously contemplated suicide more than once

Published Sunday, April 21, 2019

I finally saw my therapist on January 30. The last time was in early November. So much has happened in my life in the intervening three months, I wasn’t even sure where to start. There are some amazing people working at Kaiser, and it makes me sad that they don’t have the support or the resources they need to do their jobs well. After waiting for three months, I had forty-five minutes to talk to my therapist about all of the things that have been bottling up for all this time.
Also, the next appointment my therapist has available is in March. I have seriously contemplated suicide more than once over the last three months, and now I get to wait two more before I can talk to my therapist about it again. If I’m really lucky between now and then, and recognize I’m in crisis, maybe I’ll remember to call 911. Isn’t this a great system?

San Francisco