"An experience! but some things must be dealt with!"
Posted by MR Sean
Having stayed at chalkhill for seven weeks I feel my stay was ruined by the rush to get rid of me! sure there were some other things but the ending is what everyone mainly remembers. First I will start with positives (as everyone remembers the ending). The welcome was made pleasant by other patients and night staff. the school system worked well for me despite the fact I was only there for 2 weeks I was impressed by the staff and resources available. The areas around the unit such as the study were great for alone time and a place to work. unfortunately I would love to write more positives but they are overshadowed by the negatives. I felt I was pressured into not enjoying the place (as I was liking it). the fact some patients could easily sneak some stuff in like alcohol. The pressures on my last days.The understaffed days. And as one other reviewer said the staff did verbally abuse me on several occasions and said some very incentive things. I felt I was just supposed to get through it as I wasn't as bad as everyone else I suppose. but I felt there just wasn't enough time for everyone's needs. The fact I felt not understood by staff but more by patients really made me feel like I was never going to get better by adults. One final thing is the request to change to nonsense rule of former patients not being aloud to visit. So what if I some of the friends I made were to be in the unit for another 6 months surely they should get a visit from someone who was close to them. Or even give hope to the patients that when they are discharged they will be happier. plus it would help me as going back home from chalkhill I didn't feel like I fit in or was understood by people my own age not like when I was in chalkhill and seeing these people would make me feel better!