Wardipedia – 39. Café

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Tea and empathy Introduction A mother arrives for her first visit to her son in a mental health hospital. She is bracing herself for some nineteenth century Hammer Horror film-set of a building… She’s put on a smart frock and a brave face but is tormented by what her adored son is going through and […]

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Wardipedia – 57. Friends, relatives and carers

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Since you been gone Introduction Even patients’ warmest relationships with staff can’t provide what mates and mums can – not least for obvious reasons of appropriate boundaries! Being in hospital, and specifically a mental health hospital, makes contact with friends and family very welcome for most patients. The hugs, the concern, the latest anecdotes about […]

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Wardipedia – 59. Social media

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Keep clicking! Introduction In the old days, patients may have turned up fully armed with a pen and some paper. Nowadays their bags can contain mobile phones, smart phones with full internet access, ipads, laptops, e-readers (which might also have internet access). Thus equipped, patients are able to continue to their daily social, work, leisure, […]

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NEIGHBOURS

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Neighbours – and friends, family, fellow patients Being away from home and one’s social circle is hard, and much more so at a time when love, affection, familiarity, comfort and connection would really help cope with feeling really crap. Many friends and relatives of patients are tenacious and resilient about keeping in good contact during […]

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