"It is not a bad thing to be unwell, it makes you stronger!"

About: Rampton Hospital

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

This is some feedback that has been recieved from a patient from The National High Secure Women's Service at Rampton Hospital (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)

"It has been a hard time getting to know others like me and accepting that I was unwell. I came from Northern Ireland so that was hard for me being away from family, friends and carers too.

Since I have been in a High Secure Hospital it has been good but I still have a long way to go, but I have worked with my care team and used my DBT skills. Now that I have finished as well I am being looked at about going home to a medium/low secure unit around my home town. Each day is different for me and I take each step as slowly as I can. I know not to rush into things because it never works.

People have helped me and of course I have done it myself as I have been unwell for mostly all my life. Since I was very young and suffered trauma i.e PTSD and a Personality Disorder as well. It is not a bad thing to be unwell it makes you stronger. Often days seem like I wish they were over and I was not here but I am happy to know I can call myself a survivor and in Recovery. My goal is to take each day as it comes and never give up because you are never alone."

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Response from Martina Griffiths, Modern Matron/Senior Nurse, The Peaks Unit, Rampton Hospital, Rampton Hospital

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback and experience of the care you recieve within our Women's Service here at Rampton Hospital. Having nursed for for several years it is true that you are and continue to be a survivor. I look forward to seeing you continue to progress on your journey of Recovery here at Rampton Hospital.

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