Wardipedia – 28. Funny stuff

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The best therapy Introduction The good thing is that we don’t need to be Lenny Henry or Dawn French, to be able to improve our appreciation of humour. ‘Seeing funny’ can be learned. The key is to practice seeing funny, especially by noticing multiple layers of meaning. As well as noticing and enjoying humour and […]

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Wardipedia – 65. Pointless national days

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Happy Pointless National Day! Introduction And what a choice you have. There’s National Donald Duck day, National Chip week (clearly too important to restrict to a single day) and (Jewish) Marion’s favourite –  Hug a Jew day. (She hasn’t yet been able to persuade her therapist that this is the one day of the year […]

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Wardipedia – 13. Bingo and jigsaws

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Gentle adventure Introduction Bingo is a much mocked activity – apart from those who enjoy it, for whom it is very rightly a cherished oasis of distraction, excitement and socialising.  It remains a staple of many hospital activity programmes, particularly for older patients, and we’d like to warmly endorse this. Studies of elderly people in […]

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Wardipedia – 77. Happy

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Still smiling after all those shifts Introduction Being happy working on a mental health ward. We’re not being trite or in any way under-estimating how super-demanding it is working in this environments at the best of times. Which these are definitely not. Here’s how our good (and much-mentioned in Wardipedia!) pal Henry Stewart from Happy […]

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