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"My wife and her travels through the mental health minefield"

About: Adult Mental Health Crisis Services / Crisis Team Mid Notts & Bassetlaw Adult Mental Health Services - Community (City) / Carers Support Service Adult Mental Health Services - Community (County) / Family Intervention Team Adult Mental Health Services - Community (County) / Newark & Sherwood Local Mental Health Team (LMHT) Millbrook Mental Health Unit

(as a carer),

All of a sudden my wife was making crazy statements, she thought we had people in the loft, the neighbours wanted to kill her and our cat? I did not know where to turn or where to get help from, we had an incident where she went missing so I had to get help, and quickly! I was told to contact the mental health crisis team and seek their help, this I did and they told me to put down the phone and ring the police, this I did.

Everything turned out fine but this was the very beginning of my adventure with the Nottinghamshire NHS Mental Health Support Team. I do now know after eighteen months of turmoil and dread that this was a pivotal moment in my wife and me coming to terms and dealing with my wife’s Illness.

I and my wife have met some lovely people who have helped immensely since the early onset of her mental psychosis. I honestly thought my wife would not return to normality and our life going forwards would never be the same. We had dreams and plans for our future that seemed a million miles away from us now. And sometimes alone at night I would have a little cry over this as I felt robbed of our future.

All I have said though with the right care and support from the mental health teams I was assured everything would be alright. I was not convinced because with every step we took forwards something unforeseen would come along and push us back again. But now eighteen months from the start of all of this we have a massive tunnel with a world full of light shining through it and allowing us to see our future again.

All of this due to the efforts of so many people, the guys at Kings Mill Hospital for all the help they provided because we could not see our own GP, the Mental Health Crisis Team who became like an extension to our family, they helped us in ways too numerous to mention and they were so patient with my wife I can’t thank them enough.

Then when our care was transferred to North Gate in Newark, into the wonderful hands of Louise the nursing care coordinator and the psychiatrist things started to change. They tweaked the medicines my wife was on and this was amazing. I now got to see my wife with a smile on her face again.

She now rides again (horses) her passion since the age of eight, and slowly we are emerging into our world again the one I thought I would lose for ever. I now take part in the Newark Carer Support group with Laura E, Alice & Laura R this has given me an extra insight into the problem We have had and the way we can support each other.

My wife also has joined Rob the CBTp Therapist Supervisor which my wife says has been a major breakthrough for her regarding her agoraphobia. All of the carers support and the new course I have just started Carer Education and Support Program were overseen by Andrea and Laura from the Family Interventions Team at Bassetlaw Hospital Worksop.

Responses

Response from Sally Redgate, Acute Service Manager (North), Millbrook Mental Health Unit, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust last week
Sally Redgate
Acute Service Manager (North), Millbrook Mental Health Unit,
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Submitted on 10/06/2021 at 14:12
Published on Care Opinion at 14:12


Dear stegm

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to make the posting, its such a powerful reminder to clinicians of the impact our care can have. I was touched to hear of you and your wife's journey, from the start which must have been incredibly distressing for you both and now to hear that recovering is very much underway (including horses!). Its a stark reminder that mental ill health can touch all of us at any time.

It so good to hear of the good care offered by a number of teams and that you are involved with the Carers support group.

I cover the teams you have mentioned so I will make sure they see your posting but should you want to talk with me at anytime please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sally Redgate

AMH Community Modern Matron

Sally.redgate@nottshc.nhs.uk

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Response from Kelly Simpson, Acting Service Manager (Bassetlaw), Bassetlaw LMHT, Ward B2, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust last week
Kelly Simpson
Acting Service Manager (Bassetlaw), Bassetlaw LMHT, Ward B2,
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Submitted on 10/06/2021 at 16:08
Published on Care Opinion at 16:45


Hello Stegm

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience of our mental health teams and the journey you and your wife have been on. I cant imagine how challenging it must of been for you both and I am so thankful to hear your wife is doing well and you both have greatly benefitted from the service provided by our wonderful staff members.

I will ensure that the staff members involved see this feedback as it will surely give them a welcome boost and reminder of why we work in healthcare.

kindest regards

Kelly Simpson Service Manager Notts HC

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Response from Andrea Emmens, Family Interventions Co-ordinator, Adult Mental Health Bassetlaw, Nottingamshire healthcare NHS trust last week
Andrea Emmens
Family Interventions Co-ordinator, Adult Mental Health Bassetlaw,
Nottingamshire healthcare NHS trust

I coordinate the services in the Bassetlaw locality delivered to family, friends and carers of people who receive care from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Submitted on 11/06/2021 at 14:17
Published on Care Opinion at 14:17


Hello Stegm

Thank you so very much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and share the story of the journey you and your wife have been on. This is greatly appreciated. I can only imagine how difficult and distressing this must of been for you both. It is wonderful to hear that you and your wife are both feeling better and returning to the activities you enjoy.

I am really pleased to hear that you were satisfied with the input you personally received as a carer. This was so wonderful to read.


Warmest wishes

Andrea

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