"The Cassel in my opinion, has saved my life"

About: Cassel House Inpatient and Outreach Services

(as the patient),

In 2012 I was sent to the Cassel hospital. After being in mental health services for 5 years I was broken. I hardly spoke, I looked no-one in the eyes and was self harming so badly I had ended up on at least three occasions in the physically intensive care unit at Charing Cross hospital.

The Cassel for last 3 and half years have helped me to understand why I became mental ill. They did this with care, compassion, openess, honesty and challenging.

And I want to thank the patients who helped as well as the staff. My recovery has been so remarkable that in March I will not have self harmed in anyway for 2 years.

The Cassel in my opinion has saved my life and is a wonderfully unique place within mental services and treated me as a beautifully unique individual who has flaws and weaknesses but also has great strengths.

To the Cassel Hospital, keep up with the amazing great work you are doing because you are saving lives and my heart overflows with thanks that you saved mine.

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Response from Amanda MacKenzie, Senior Nurse, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Thank you very much for your positive story. I will let all the staff and patients at the Cassel know as we all need the kind of boost that helps us keep doing what we all so passionately believe in even when it feels painful and relentless. Thank you for mentioning the importance of fellow patients in your therapeutic experience as this is the cornerstone of the work.

Well done and we wish you continued progress in your work and all the very best in the future.


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