Since 1998 the Project’s principal other scheme has been Helping Older People (HOP) which targets the over 55s and is self-funding. This programme was set up when it became clear that there were particular problems concerning older people and prescribed psychotropic drugs, especially in withdrawal, consequently we sought additional funding in order to make a greater impact on this problem. The first programme was jointly funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation and Help the Aged. Subsequent programmes (each of 3 years’ duration) have been funded by a range of charitable trusts. Each 3 year programme has seen a continuing rise in the numbers of older people who we have been able to help. Since 2006 additional funds have been raised in order to increase the number of hours specifically given to our HOP programme.
The Problems with Prescribed Psychotropic Medication
The minor tranquillisers and sleeping tablets (benzodiazepines) such as diazepam, lorazepam, nitrazepam and temazepam are now recognised as highly addictive and should only be prescribed for a maximum of 2-4 weeks. The HOP Project is often helping those who have been taking them for 20-30 years. Use of these drugs cause depression, confusion, agoraphobia, panic attacks and social isolation which can lead to a loss of independence and premature entry into elderly people’s homes. Many clients are also taking antidepressants such as doxepin, dothiepin, amitriptyline (tricyclics) or prozac, seroxat, cipramil (SSRI’s) or venlafaxine which can also cause unpleasant side effects and be difficult to withdraw from. Our HOP programme helps clients to cope with withdrawal and regain good mental health, wellbeing and their independence.
Local Services we Offer
We help clients to understand more about the problems caused by psychotropic medication and where appropriate make a safe withdrawal from it. All doctors concerned are informed in writing when a patient wishes to become a client of the Project. Many of our clients are referred by their doctors.
We offer the following services free to our clients:
Telephone helpline Individual counselling
All but our telephone helpline are currently suspended.
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Bristol and District Tranquilliser Project is a company limited by guarantee (No: 5126531) and is a charity registered in England and Wales (No: 1104033). The Project is funded by Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucester (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other charitable organisations named under sponsorship.