"Such a great service"
Posted by Lei (as ),
I was recently discharged from queen Mary's hospital back to the community and I was introduced to a enrich peer worker whilst on the ward. I saw her several times on the ward and then met her when I was discharged.
She has helped me so much, so much more then my team ever have. She also has mental health issues and this is such a positive thing for me, she understood the things I was going through and could relate to how I was feeling with my mental health as she had experienced them too.
She helped me with trying to understand what my early warning signs were so I can seek help when I start to feel manic, she also introduced me to a lot of other services that I'm interested in. I still need to explore these.
Unfortunately after 16 weeks our support stopped, I would've liked it to have been a little longer so she could've supported me to go to some of these places and build my confidence as I now feel I don't think I'll be able to do it on my own.
Such a great service to have for people like me that find themselves on a ward and then discharged without knowing how they can help themselves next time. I hope they make it a little longer for the peers to spend with patients.