I read with some alarm the issue raised concerning whether nurses should accompany police when they are dealing with “violent” mentally ill people.
Having read some of the comments those in the “caring” professions have made regarding such vulnerable people deserving CRB reports that prevent them getting work and “deserving to suffer as a consequence of their behaviour”, I felt compelled to express my indignation that such subscribers would view themselves as belonging to the “caring” professions.
I have suffered from mental health problems in the past - and only carried out inappropriate behaviour as a serious side effect of the mood stablilisers I was prescribed.
I have heard “caring” staff refer to patients as “b……s”, and seen vulnerable patients deliberately wound up by nursing staff, especially in NHS foundation trusts, so that the police can be called and the vulnerable person passed on to the legal system.
Many reports show this is a routine method of trust’s “balancing their budgets” by moving the problem to the legal services.
The pharmaceutical industries hide data that indicates their dangerous medicines create psychosis or enhance it or make people commit violent acts when they have never had a violent personality.
Mental health staff are woefully under-trained. The 5BPT, in this area, has admitted it has only ever attempted “containment” as it cannot provide effective services. Scrutiny reports indicate it has failed to provide effective services for decades, and the trust itself admitted staff do not respond to “crisis” call out as the trust has never defined what a “crisis” is, so the team do not know what is appropriate.
I have friends who are social workers, and have worked for the NHS in the mental health field. How come not a week goes by when someone has died as a result of the “caring” professionals not going out in response to families’ desperate requests that their loved ones are really ill? No, let the police taser them when the person has become totally deranged and acted on compulsions induced by medications or their conditions.
Thankfully, I was allowed access to funding for private treatment and after decades of suffering abuse and seeing it inflicted on others by your “caring” professionals, I am now in a safe environment - well away from commenters like the ones who responded to your article.
At one point I was presented with an alternative: go to the local 5BPT hospital or remain in police custody - on a minor issue , I had not been violent to anyone - I chose to stay in the local police station. And I will say this, I was actually treated with more respect, concern and dignity that I have ever received in NHS hospitals.
In hospitals, it is usually auxillary staff who have the most sympathy for inpatients, and I have met very kind individuals who have caused patients upset only by saying they were leaving the NHS “because they couldn’t stand to see how patients were being treated”.
I once had to talk a young lady out of committing suicide. I asked a nurse to intervene and she responded: “let her do it!” Later, the same young lady told me why she was suicidal - one of your “caring” professionals had raped her. She made me promise that I would not tell anyone - she said no-one would believe her as she had mental health problems, and she would be stopped from having any services if she complained.
Fortunately, the rapist WAS arrested for rape - not for the young lady, but for raping elderly women and taking pictures of them.
So, for those commentators who attitude “if you can’t do the time, don’t commit the crime” - if you can’t do the job, leave it for someone who can!
I receive CBT from a lady who is an ex-social worker, and an ex-forensic psychologist for the NHS. When I told her what I had witnessed and suffered she said she had left the NHS because she had seen too many similar incidents, and the system was not set up to deal with abuses by “caring” staff.
I have always believed those who stigmatise the mentally ill the most are those engaged in the mental health services (not all, of course), and the ones who suffer the most injustice are the mentally ill - See Justice for Joe Campaign!
Where was the counter argument that much violent behaviour IS induced by medication? Why does your “caring” profession rather sit in warm, cosy offices, rather than act on emergency call-outs? How many times do we read that families had tried for weeks or months to get your “caring” professionals out to vulnerable mentally ill patients well BEFORE they commit an act of violence?
I was actually relieved when I read clause 75 of the new NHS Act - mental health hospitals will all be closed. It will not make a difference to the mentally ill - there has been no effective access to community care for many in the last several years. The only difference is your caring professionals will not be getting paid NOT to do their jobs!
I will bet by now you are thinking: “Obviously this is written by someone who is paranoid or delusional” - well, every genuine complaint by mental health patients gets dismissed in the same - which rather makes my point, doesn’t it? I have expert witness reports from several prominent psychiatrists and psychologists, including Dr. Denman, who is in charge of a large, leading hospital, that would indicate that I am neither delusional nor paranoid.
God help anyone who remains at the mercy of the NHS if they have mental health problems.