Wardipedia – 30. Fun indoor sports

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Crazy golf and friends Introduction A traditional English summer day, with plenty of rain? A group of elderly patients? A bunch of young patients? Protected engagement time? All an ideal opportunity for some indoor sports. We pitch a load of ideas below, and our bias will soon be evident. . There are the classic snooker […]

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Wardipedia – 31. Dance

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Move to the groove Introduction Mental health wards are tough places to be. To work in, to be cared for, to visit. Dance is exuberant, connecting, expressive – a real tonic. Hospitals in Cuba have a head start because the country is alive with music and dance, in the street, on buses and we’d imagine […]

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Wardipedia – 32. Football

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The beautiful game Introduction Simply having a football that can be kicked around the ward garden is very helpful, not just for a bit of exercise, but because kicking the ball back and forth is a mellow way for patients, staff and visitors to connect with each other. But an increasing number of non-acute wards […]

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Wardipedia – 33. Men’s stuff

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It’s a bloke thing Introduction Nick McMaster, Lead Activities Facilitator at Sussex Partnership Trust was struck by the challenges of motivating the guys on the ward to get involved in activities. His creative, practical response was Doing Stuff! 25 imaginative activities for male mental health inpatient groups by. We’re very inspired by Nick’s fabulous work […]

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Wardipedia – 35. Bring yourself to work day

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The real you Introduction No, this isn’t about getting a life sized cardboard cut-out photo of yourself printed and bringing it into work with you. This is about bringing the real you to work. Bring Yourself to Work Day (Bytwd to its friends. Sounds Welsh) is, you won’t swoon with surprise to learn, an American […]

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Wardipedia – 37. Arriving and leaving

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All my bags are packed Introduction Our first moments in a new environment are disproportionately important in setting the tone for the rest of the experience. Especially when the new environment is one that carries considerable anxiety or even terror. There are few times in life when we are sent somewhere against our will or […]

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Wardipedia – 38. Patients birthdays

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Make a wish! Introduction This is a simple one! We think it’s really important that birthdays are celebrated on the ward, if the patient wishes. Wishing of course being a birthday theme. Although we’re including here quite a few thought starter ideas for ward birthday parties, they don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Simply […]

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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 – 41. Shopping options

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Buy in Introduction Online, offline, mail order, clothes, groceries, snacks, personal care, music… there’s so much to buy and so many ways to shop. Shopping can be fun, interesting and is often a necessity but sometimes very difficult to do when in hospital, especially while on a section. Mental health inpatients often feel very cut […]

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Wardipedia – 42. Charities

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Good feel causes Introduction Being able to contribute to others is increasingly being recognised as a powerful way of feeling better about ourselves. Lots of wards generously take part in all sorts of fund-raising, and awareness-raising, activities and these can be some of the most fun, satisfying and bonding days of the year for patients […]

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