I just wanted to blog about an incident that just shows how ignorant some people can be, this is meant with respect but is a true account. Whilst I was in hospital due to my circumstances I was on level one which meant I had a nurse accompany me 24/7 at shoulders length. After time my consultant grew to understand me better and knew that partly it was the hospital environment that caused me to be impulsive and act out. Consequently I was given home leave at certain weekends, this weekend was my neighbours party and we went round their and had a great night chatting and enjoying the company of my neighbour and some relatives. it was one of these relatives that we chatted to and participated with some party games. On the Monday I had to return to the ward and consequently was with a nurse. During the day to my surprise the neighbours relative walked on the ward to deliver some post. My immediate reaction was to walk up to him to say “Hi” His immediate reaction when he saw me walking towards him with a nurse besides me was to place the parcel down and run like mad off the ward. – This action left me quite bewildered and I was unsure whether to laugh or cry. He had been chatting and laughing with me 24 hours earlier.
People are still scared of psychiatric wards, and they are even more scared of a stigma that is victorian, and they need to take a step back and realise that we are not still in the past, and that all sorts of people can have mental health problems and if everybody runs away, or shuts the door then this will never be resolved. People need to definitely take a step back, one in four people can be affected and that next person could be their daughter, son, mother, father, best friend, nextdoor neighbour or even themselves. They need to think that if they became ill, how would they like it if everyone ran away or shut the door, this is not the answer and people need to get out and about and learn more about life.