"Spencer South has taught me to like myself again"

About: Women's mental health / Spencer South

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

The Staff on Spencer South have taught me to like myself again. They have taught me to say no and not to accept people talking down to me or talk to me in a way that I am unhappy with. My MDT is made up of all women and they all work together. I didn't like them at first and felt they were too harsh on me and they wouldn't give me any leave. For nine months they would not give me unescorted leave and when I eventually got it, I cried and cried. I was so pleased. I have had my level 5 for one and a half years now. I used to find self-esteem in ways that were not good for me but the team taught me that not everyone is against me. They gave me positive criticism and for some reason they got me to listen to them. All of my skills including my coping skills, I have learned from my MDT and these skills have helped me with so many situations and I am so proud of myself.. Previously I have had to re-start and start all over again, but not on this ward. My doctor went with me to look at placements and I can see that they actually care. The team have seen how much I have worked, I've cried and I've fought. This ward is so empowering.

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Response from St Andrew's Healthcare

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It’s wonderful to hear how well you have progressed and how well supported you feel on Spencer South. We will share your feedback with the ward team who I am sure are very proud of you! Thanks again for your comments. Keep up the good work!

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