Thank you for your reply...@FutureSoldier?
It’s almost certain you’ll be deemed unfit.
Appeal against what? You cannot appeal against a standard just because you don’t like it.
Generally the issue is the number of times self-harm occurred, what it was in response to, the length of the period over which it occurred and the length of the period of treatment. For young people, as I suspect you are, depending on the circumstances and reasons, there tends to be a slightly better degree of latitude with regard eventual medical suitability. But don’t get your hopes up. The military can be an incredibly stressful environment & they cannot risk a soldier self harming if stress levels increase.
Still I believe you require 3 years symptom free. Perhaps @amnesia or @theoriginalphantom can illuminate this and confirm? I am almost certain this will have been asked on this forum before. @The_Duke might also be better placed to answer.
Ultimately, the Service Entry Medical bosrdwill advise once you apply and the fuller circumstances are scrutinised by the healthcare experts (bearing in mind I am not remotely qualified to advise in this area- offer this as guidance only)
I understand that I may be deemed unfit, but I was told it’s likely I’ll never be able to join!
I self harmed by ingesting 11 paracetamol in 2018. It was not a serious attempt of self harm but was a cry for help in response to there being no help or support in this specific circumstance.
Also, it was partially due to the medication I’d been on for approximately 4 months. The dose was upped to the max and it was clearly not right for me. In fact, after the self-harm event I was prescribed additional tablets to counteract the negative side effects of the medication.
Could I appeal, that this incident was in reaction to no mental health support and the strength/negative side effects of the medication I was prescribed?
There’s no appealing the fact I have ADHD and a history of depression. My depression has always been the hopeless feeling of never fulfilling my true potential in retail jobs, but the armed forces could help me do that.
I’ve only been off medication for 3 months (lasted for approximately 1 year) but as I’ve said diet, exercise and routine is my successful method of managing.
And I’d say I’m considered an adult as I’m 26