The NAS has created a petition to “Stop the detention of people with autism and learning disabilities in ATU’s”
I have just signed it and urge everyone too as well.
There but for.....
Get family and friends to as well. 80,000 signatures needed to get a debate in Parliament.
Signed. I ended up in a mental health hospital - which was a 2.5 hour drive away - run by the Priory Group. I was told if I didn’t go - by someone I had never met before, 30 seconds after meeting him - I would be sectioned. I was there for nearly a month. Whilst there I witnessed patients being forcibly restrained and given an injection.
Patients were not allowed outside the building unless the psychiatrist gave permission. I didn’t see the psychiatrist for the first 8 days. It was a secure unit and I was only allowed out after finding a member of staff willing to unlock the exit door. They took details of what I was wearing and said if I was longer than the allotted time, they would call the police.
Now I’m afraid to access help because I’m worried I’ll get locked up again.
I am really sorry to hear this Graham. It must have been a really harrowing experience. I worked in mental health services many years ago and it is depressing that things are still so bad.
Like you I fear the consequences of ever being caught up in the mental health system. How ironic that services designed to assist us at moments of great vulnerability actually make us feel unsafe.
I'm in the mental health system at the moment. Not much has changed.
I'm in the middle of some pretty intense stuff at the moment. I will make a post about it when it's over. I don't want to get into posting about it until it's resolved. I'll tell my story then, and post paperwork to evidence how badly I've been treated. As for now it's being handled. I just want it all to play out so I can demonstrate the process in full.
Hopefully I'll be able to help some people here by demonstrating how it all works for me.
Sorry to hear about your experience. I was admitted twice, before my diagnosis. They treated me pretty well where I was. My exes sister had her arm broken inside the same inpatient unit however, and nothing was done.
There are good people inside the Mental Health system. There are also some of the most unsavoury people in healthcare. The treatment of the mind can be flung into ambiguity, and some can abuse their power of definition in the most shocking ways.
Graham said:Now I’m afraid to access help because I’m worried I’ll get locked up again.
Knowing your rights is essential in respect of getting appropriately treated or else out elsewhere for more befitting reasons.
Here's a general listing of what's what involving whom and when with being or not being sectioned:
I got put up for section and my psychologist would not sign off on it, so basically I became an out patient at where it was originally intended for me to be sectioned ~ once I was discharged by the psychologist who prevented the section in the first place.
My GP had unwittingly miss prescribed my medication resulting in me having major seizures left, right, front, back, up, down and flip fitting centre everywhere . . . several times a day, and hence the GP and their lot kept pushing for the section as the Ambulance crews and Hospital staff were having major problems with the old hulkian aspergenic strength thing.
Once "I" realised the medication mistake, through "my" researches, everything calmed down once "I" got it sorted out.
I had to get alot of things sorted myself, and it was often surprising (in that here we go again way) that I had to explain correct procedure and legal outcomes to health professionals ~ so many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many times.
I mean bless us all ~ we are all on "L" plates in this life, but when avid new health-workers hit the front-lines, the biological and psychological messes their patients are in messes them up too, yet often they are too overworked and robotically habituated to notice until they themselves burn out, break down, or worse.
Worth considering also, Doctor to patient superiority where the Doctor is knowledgeable and the patient is ignorant ~ is standard procedure. It is important to respect this, most especially considering how ignorant some Doctors, some people and even ourselves really can be.
One extent of Doctors though are well into Patients being experts upon their own conditions, the other extent are not.
Advocacy services are a seriously good idea though ~ so if you find yourself not getting anywhere by asking for 'REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS' in respect of NHS (or other) SERVICES, as according to the Equality ACT 2010 (in full detail):
(brief and simple):
Then get in contact or have someone get in contact with an Advocacy Service, and they will get your situation addressed appropriately and accordingly.
Here's one perhaps to ponder or maybe even use: