Time To Change/Time to Talk Day
We all need to help change the stigma and discrimination experienced by people suffering from ‘Mental Health’ problems. Any one of us could suffer from a mental health issue at any point in our life.
There needs to be more information, education and open conversations to change the stigma that is attached to mental health issues. There are people who still hear the words ‘Mental Health’ and immediately think ‘Crazy’ a word that has been attached to it for so long. . I might be taking a risk saying this, but I still hear this even today!
Having worked in the NHS for 28 years (non-clinical roles) starting my career in an Acute Trust, it wasn’t until I started working in a Mental Health Trust in 2004, that I became more aware of the bigger picture of health issues, and the multidisciplinary services they provide to the community.
When I began writing my blog it was with the intention of recording the journey my dad and I had taken since he suffered a heart attack. That was 10 months ago and now, having followed a number of paths to pursue the right care and support that my dad required, due to a number of health issues identified, I find myself liaising with a service that sits within the ‘Mental Health’ Trust.
‘Later Life and Memory Services’ (LLAMS)
One of my earlier posts described how I was noticing small memory lapses and episodes of confusion with my dad. These episodes did not happen every day, and some I just put down to his age (83) I even laughed with him about the things I forget, that he can easily remind me of sometimes. However, the time came to address these episodes as I am aware the earlier a health issue is identified (such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s, the earlier treatment or medication can be offered)
My last post (Referral to the Memory Clinic) described the initial referral to this service, and some of the issues regarding ‘Signposting’ (yes, as you know I have experienced a number of issues with signposting to these vital services, which is why it has become a bit of a bone of contention)
Memory Clinic Referral:
Dad’s referral to the ‘Memory Clinic’ a service provided by the Mental Health NHS Trust, has resulted in two home assessments, a number of questionnaires, health and wellbeing checks and a referral for a brain scan, prior to an appointment with his assigned Consultant Psychiatrist.
Dad has two pathways to follow this week:
- Follow up appointment with Cardiology (Acute NHS Trust – Post heart attack review)
- Brain Scan with Radiology (Post referral from Mental Health Services)
Time To Change/Time to Talk Day:
You never know when you will require the services of a Mental Health Trust – It’s time to see an end to the ‘Stigma’
My next post will report on both outcomes, and the next step on this journey.