Monthly Archives: January 2013

Unholy Trinity

Completed a new chapter based on a Sunday morning consultation whilst I was on an acute psychiatric ward in west London, coming in at 544 words.

Does the dysfunctional health system mean that it, the NHS, resembles a person with a personality disorder? How else could you explain the distress created by the failure to provide care with good regard, patience, fair-mindedness and emotional generosity?

On my last stay in hospital which lasted two months you could count the number of meaningful and enjoyable conversations I shared with the nursing staff on one hand and none with psychiatrists. Not a single meaningful conversation with the consultants. I am under the impression good mental health requires us to form good, strong relational ties with others. How is this possible with the present regime on the nation’s wards? The simple answer it is not possible without change from the consultants, nurses, and the majority of social workers.

Mental health advocates go forth and advocate for real change, after all those with a personality disorders are considered treatable if enough time and consideration is applied, no extra funds from the tax-payer are required, just changes in work practices. . .

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Whisky Man

Completed a true-life chapter called Whisky Man based on my experiences within an acute psychiatric ward in Central London. Originally I started the chapter November 2011 left it unfinished until today. It is pleasing to revisit a piece that makes me laugh, when the writer laughs out loud, others will follow. However I may have used the word ‘whisky” too many times, 22 in total, but what other word for a distilled product from Scotland could I used?

It’s not everyone who can set time on an acute ward mixing with the severely mentally-ill and drug addicts as an everyday experience, a sort of Coronation Street for the mentally unwell. . .

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Save money on electricity

Those on welfare benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, and Employment and Support Allowance may have entitlement to £130 credit towards their electricity bill. There is a new government scheme to replace ‘Social Tariffs” for electricity and gas. The logic for the change is that not everyone has gas but everyone has electricity so the government is targeting electric bills to make the social help aspect more fair.

First I may be too late the scheme cut-off date was formally 31st December 2012 however it may be extended especially if the demand is out there. Second contact your supplier and quote WARM HOMES DISCOUNT.

Contact numbers are: EDF Energy 0808 101 4130

EON 0800 151 1480 Npower 0808 172 6999 Scottish and Southern: 0800 300 1111 British Gas 0800 072 8635 and British Gas customers on a pre-payment metre 0800 294 8604 finally Scottish Power 0800 027 2700

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Happy New Year and wishing you good mental health

After a holiday break I was brought back into the formal psychiatric system with a phone call from Sane the mental health charity. I was requested to take part in a press interview but I am reluctant to have my picture taken and to be used in a newspaper consequently I do not think my comments are likely to be used.

Sane is my favourite mental health charity out of the three major MH charities: Mind, Rethink and Sane. Sane initials stand for Schizophrenia: A National Emergency (SANE) and I find Sane as the only charity truly pressing for improvements in the care of the mentally ill.

 

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