the other is The local advocacy service. I'm not sure exactly where your friend lives, but http://www.seap.org.uk should lead to a local service for her.
Mind may also be able to help. I guess the argument should be based on the level of risk to/by him if he is having break through symptoms. I would suggest that a heavy emphasis on risk may be the best way forward.
Mental health and Learning difficulties are the orphans of the health/social care services. It really makes my blood boil when large amounts of money is spent on things like cosmetic surgery, yes, I know that some is necessary because of the effect on a persons mental health - but there are many that are taking the urine!. (Noggs your turn )
So glad the wedding went ok Noggs and that Amelia had her day as well.
Well done Cheesey, sometimes sensible is the only way to go, after all this running lark is supposed to be good for us, pushing beyond the limits is not such a good idea. Well done for starting and well done for recognising that enough was enough.
Sluggie, your friend can insist on having the right medication if it is doing a better job, cost or no. Our GP tried that one on us after HWMBT had his fit/stroke. The London hozzie had prescribed one anti epileptic, the GP changed it to a generic one. I went to the doc with him and told her that she was risking him having another fit, she argued that it wouldn't make a difference. She eventually, in rather a cocky manner phoned the pharmacist who told her that I was right, that changing could be potentially dangerous. Me 1 GP - red faced
If necessary, they can appeal to the local health board to have the proper medication reinstated.
I knew that he was battling depression for much of his life, but I suppose he didn't so much lose the battle as won over it for so many years. It's a hard war, a person has to guard against the invasion of the black dogs almost constantly. A distraction from that battle can mean disaster. Poor man and poor family.