I bought this teddy bear as a token of gratitude to the staff members at the ward I spent time in.
The place was scary (I’ve even been having nightmares about it!) But there were some good points to it. The patients and staff who helped me.
Admittedly during my stay at the ward I wasn’t particularly grateful for the staff but now I’m out and look back on it, There were members of staff that really helped me and even went beyond their duty to help patients.
I’m grateful for those staff members. Particularly a young woman who helped me talk through my problems with family members when I felt misunderstood. She called me to ask if I could spend another night at home when I wasn’t ready to stay, I felt let down and blamed her but I realise because of how young she is she was probably junior and told by one of her seniors to make that call so I no longer blame her.
I admit the care system for mental health here in England is messed up as all hell but I appreciate the staff that tried their best for patients and feel bad that patients blame them for how the system works but then we never see the powers that be only their minions so who’s going to get the blame?
Nevertheless the ward was a wake up call for me and now I’m officially discharged I look back on my time there as a much needed experience with a positve outcome. I feel like I’ve grown since being on the ward, It was scary and hectic but it helped me a lot, especially the members of staff that took time to show me that they do care and are not just doing their job for the money.
So, Thank you, Ward Staff for helping me get on the right track to recovery. I will deliver this bear when I’m next in your area.