Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I was very concerned by the contents of this report, especially as those who are in a mental health crisis are in an extremely vulnerable state.
“While there is a problem with long waiting lists in general, those who have had suicidal or self harm thoughts should not be left waiting a long time to be seen. The fact that this report highlighted experiences where those in a mental health crisis felt they were in the way and believed they were seen as a less important because they did not have a physical injury, shows that they need to be given greater support.
“This report also highlighted the importance of ensuring that information about a follow up appointment should be given to those in a mental health crisis when they are discharged. I hope that the Health Service will take on board the points that this report makes and ensures that they are actioned.”