Monday, 30 July 2012

started new blog about Stratheden Hospital

I've started a new blog about Stratheden Hospital, near Cupar in Fife.  A psychiatric hospital in a lovely rural situation which houses many different wards and offices.  Treating people with mental ill health and in mental distress. 

I visited the hospital daily in February and March this year, and noticed areas of the grounds that were covered in cigarette butts, rubbish lying about and benches in dilapidated states.  After sending an Email to management about this in March nothing much was done about it, and by July it was even worse.  So I took more photos, Emailed management and forwarded the Email to newspapers.  Which has resulted in 2 articles in local press that at last has got results.

Many of the issues I highlighted have been addressed.  Although there are recurring problems with cigarette butts.  So I decided to start this blog to keep an eye on things and to report on improvements.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

does the Named Person role do what it says on the tin?

I'm not convinced that the Named Person role in the Scottish Mental Health Act either protects the person receiving compulsory treatment or gives power to the person in the role.  

The Act's guide to named persons talks about the right to being consulted, to be given information, to have your needs assessed.  In practice I found that I wasn't always consulted, appropriately informed and the needs assessment led nowhere and gave me nothing, in terms of support or credibility.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

summer is reportedly here - IIMHL in 2013

July is nearly halfway through and it would be good to have sunshine some of the time.  

The IIMHL - international initiative for mental health leadership - is being held in March 2013 with exchanges available in Australia and New Zealand, with the 2 day networking in Auckland, NZ.  An opportunity for sharing practice, innovation and to build collaboration - http://www.iimhl.com/ 

Chris Hansen, me, Shery Mead
I attended the 2009 Brisbane event with an exchange in Auckland.  An interesting experience which gave me an increased understanding of the international perspective in mental health services.  Photo shows Shery, Chris and I meeting up for the first time at the Brisbane networking event.  In September 2011 they were speakers "At the Sharp Edge', our conference on peer led crisis alternatives in Dunfermline, Fife.