Mental Health for Cancer Patients, specifically patients of Mayo
My sister was an oncology patient at Mayo for the last four years until last Saturday, Aug 6th, when she took her own life at the age of 49. While her cancer was incurable, it was “manageable” according to her surgeon and oncologist at Mayo.
My sister never talked about any offer of mental health services provided as part of her comprehensive care until about a month ago, when she reported having been given the suggestion only to find out that she couldn’t been seen by the recommended provider until several months from now.
Im hoping to understand the resources provided, referred and recommended to a patient in her position, specifically by the Mayo Clinic. My quest for better understanding comes from a desire to either drive more awareness for the mental health support of cancer patients or raise funds for future resources to be provided, should I find the current resources to be lacking.
I’m not sure if the resources are already available and maybe my sister just opted out of the support. I would really appreciate any support from the Mayo facilitator. Perhaps someone could help me identify the resources or direct me to someone who can help.
Thanks in advance and be sure to tell your loved ones how much you love them, no matter what!