Good evening, I'm in the early stages of my novel, and intend on gathering some factual information on the UK medical and criminal law system. I've had no success with posting my questions on public law forums, as they'd rather only focus their time on people posting with real problems. If only they knew the mental anguish of writing. The main character of the story is dealing with the conflict of the antagonist being released from prison after the manslaughter of the MC's girlfriend which happened in the previous year. These characters are all a part of Glasgow's poverty stricken schemes, with the antagonist having acted out his crime under the influence of drugs during a mugging gone wrong. Due to this event, it's left the MC a broken man. I'm playing with the idea of having the MC featuring in a weekly therapy session. So my questions on therapy and medication are: I'm aware the NHS offer free therapy sessions, but is there a limited number of times a patient can use this system? Is it likely someone would still be in (or, need) therapy after near enough twelve months of weekly sessions? Would the medical system still allow this to be free, or expect to charge the patient? The MC will be on powerful anti-depressants to help him cope with the pain of his loss. He is also prone to anxiety attacks. Can I have confirmation on the name of what would be the most suitable prescribed drugs and dosage for depression and anxiety. And if anyone has had any experience on them - how beneficial they are and the effects they felt when coming off them. Is there such a prescribed drug that would help someone forget/blur out the unfortunate reality of such an incident? I'm aware this is more into the realm of fiction as it's something I've never heard of, and I'd rather steer clear of inventing some wonder potion. But if anyone knows, I'd appreciate any information. And my questions on criminal law are: If someone was to commit manslaughter under the influence of drugs during a robbing gone wrong, are there any loopholes in the system which would have the person out of prison within a year? My understanding on what I've read up on so far is that manslaughter still carries a life sentence - but tabloids are full of drunk drivers being home after only a year behind bars, and child killers getting out - not even serving the full sentence given. The crime committed was that the antagonist stabbed the girl while she fought back during his attempts to steal from her. The knife was only pulled out to strike fear. I have researched this on my own, but as mentioned I've hit a few dead ends with people in these professional fields not being overly helpful. I'd also appreciate to know if any members on here have researched and included any of the above in their own writing. Thanks.