In alignment with the Practise Hope initiative to improve the help and support children and young people who are thinking of suicide or self-harming receive, Olly’s Future has been campaigning for changes in the administering of anti-depressants, particularly in young people.
Olly Hare was prescribed Citalopram for the first time over the phone by a doctor who he had never met. He was told to pick up the medication at the in-house pharmacy. After just four days of taking this SSRI, he took his own life.
There is NO NICE guideline that requires the prescribing of anti-depressants to first-time patients to be done face to face.
Olly’s Future is calling for
These are small but necessary steps towards reducing the number of suicides in the UK.