What it is like to not be involved in risk management, care planning or significant decisions in mental health care

“When assessments, decisions and plans are made without my presence, let alone my input, it isn’t a cause of annoyance or anger but instead the source of complicated hurt, distress, mistrust, hopelessness and destruction of the self.”

From the thedoodlechroniclesblog:

“Recently, the manager of my local crisis team was invited to talk to post graduate nurses working in mental health and A&E about service user involvement in care planning/risk assessments and suicide prevention. She asked if she could use my case as an example both of how badly things can go wrong in this area and how much improvement there can be with service user involvement. With my permission, my case was used throughout to give examples to back up the theory but she also asked if I would be willing to provide a statement that she could end on so that attendees could hear it directly from me – the following is what I came up with; the Crisis Team Manager said that it was met with stunned silence and had quite the impact, so I thought it was worth me sharing here in the hopes that it might help professionals and service users alike. If it can make a difference to even one other person it will have been worth me going through this all.

Please be warned that it does directly mention suicide, including attempts and methods …”

You can read more (and/or listen to an audio version) from here.

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