#TOTW from 18-05-16 ‘A&E and mental health’


As many of you may be aware, this week has been Mental Health Awareness Week or #MHAW16. The majority of my tweets have been in support of this, and I have chosen one such tweet for my #TOTW because I feel it got lost amongst all the others and didn’t get the airtime it deserves:

“patients with issues have historically not always had a good experience in A&E”  http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/may/17/accident-and-emergency-mental-health-crisis

The associate director of acute and urgent care at Birmingham and Solihull mental health NHS foundation trust, Mary Elliffe said:

“There’s been a feeling that people with mental health issues have no right to be there.”

Apart from that being utter tosh, it’s just pretty sad that some people might have those views in this day and age. Mental Health is as equally important as physical health, and so why wouldn’t a patient suffering from an acute episode of bad mental health have the right to go to A&E and be seen to in much the same way as a patient that has gone over their ankle on a drunken night out and hurt themselves? Of course they do, and the schemes above which place mental health teams in A&E departments simply must be the way forward to improve mental health care for the acutely unwell.

Take care folks!

Ben 🙂


#TOTW from 22-03-16 ‘Would you know what to do in a mental health emergency?’

Evenin’ all!

So then…would you…know what to do?

This week’s #TOTW is a retweet from the mental health charity ‘Rethink Mental Illness:’

If someone is in crisis, it can be hard to know what to say or do. Our guide can help >

It’s a simple enough question, but is it one that you think you know the answer to? This is a really good guide from Rethink Mental Illness (@Rethink_) on how you can help when someone turns to you in a time of need. It’s made up of some scenarios (based on real life events) and ways you could help…things you might be able to say.

If you think you already know how to deal with someone experiencing a mental health emergency, then great! However, if you’re insure what you could do or say to help, then please take a quick look at this link and download the guide. It’s presented in a really easy to read format and isn’t too wordy!

It would be great if you never had to use this handbook, but you just never know when a friend or a colleague might need to turn to you in an hour of need.

I hope you find this of some help. It’s a great resource, and a handy place to start if you want to learn more about mental health emergencies and the part you could play in helping someone through them.


#TOTW from 10-12-15 ‘From teaching suicide prevention to being on suicide watch’


How is everyone this week? Fine and dandy I hope? I realise however, that people are not always in the best of mental health, and so I wanted to highlight a ‘good news’ story this week about a charity by sharing the following again as my #TOTW:

Really interesting piece about a suicide respite centre

I posted the other week about a cafe where people suffering from mental health problems could go for help and support, rather than ending up in their local A&E department. This week, there is the article above that tells the story of a charity-run suicide respite centre, The Maytree in North London. Here the charity provides a safe place, help and support for those who have got to the point that they feel there is no alternative than to contemplate suicide.

Take a look at the article and I would hope you would agree that there should be many more such centres all over the country, and not just funded by charities. This type of support should – in my opinion – be provided by the state, and as part of an integrated approach by the government to tackle the mental as well as physical health of those who need it most.

Just saying.


#TOTW from 04-07-15 ‘We must treat a broken mind with same urgency as a broken leg’


Apologies for the lack of a #TOTW last week, but as you saw I was away in Venice for the weekend, so I decided to have a break from blogging! I’m back this week with an extremely important message for my #TOTW:

‘We must treat a broken mind with same urgency as a broken leg’

It’s always frustrated me that for some reason or other it appears “acceptable” to have a crisis of a physical nature such as a broken leg or a wrist – something which I see on a daily basis. However, when it comes to a broken mind, people seem to be less forgiving. Why is this? What reason is there for giving someone the comfort they need when they brake a bone, but not being so understanding when they are suffering with matters of the mind? Just because someone doesn’t have their head in a plaster or a bandage doesn’t mean they they aren’t hurting and in need of some TLC and understanding – just as you would if they were hobbling around on crutches.

We *ALL* have friends and or family that are suffering in some way shape or form, and so remember that this may not always be visible to the naked eye. It doesn’t make the suffering any less real.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Ben 🙂