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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Thought so. Just bare in mind that public mental health units may not be quite like the private mental health units as described here by other members. They will only keep you in for the minimum amount of time (I have experience with our local Mental Health Unit from when exdh was admitted. It was certainly not a suitable place to bring the children). Please don't let that put you off though, the admission literally saved exdh's life. I can't say too much about the experience on here though.
    The description of the mental health unit, in my earlier post, was that of a public hospital.
    But yeah, crankyoldcow, I agree, no one experience will determine each individuals experinece within a psyche ward.

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    Oh cool thanks marigold.

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    I'm not sure if St Andrew's offer it but there is an interest free payment loan type thing called Cirtegy (not sure of spelling) that you can apply for to help pay the admission costs. I know St Vincent's offer it but they don't have a mental health unit.

    I had two friends go to the base MHU but I'm not sure what their experience was like although from what I have heard from others, it is different to what I experienced. Not saying that is a bad thing as I can only go by my experience :-)

    I really do wish you the best of luck. Can you see another GP perhaps? You made a very big step today by going to see someone, you should be very proud if yourself.

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    Certegy wow ok. My husband used them to buy music equipment a couple of times. I think base hospital is where my husband is talking about and where he sends clients. Thanks x

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    this is so true. Well said. I wish you the best of luck and hope you get all the help you need. edit: I was meant to quote what crankyoldcow said about kidneys and hospital etc. I stuffed that up though!
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    I have no advice to give but you are one of the hubbers I have the most respect and admiration for so I would like to send along some well wishes, hugs and positive vibes.
    I hope you are able to find the help you need in your time of need.

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    I work at a few mental health units in my state, public and private. The private ones are quite nice almost hotel like with private bedrooms and tvs etc whereas the public units have a mix of private and shared rooms with basic bed and bathroom. All have a dining room where everyone eats and the public ones I work at have a garden for the smokers and a lounge for tv and laundry so you can wash your own clothes. Most of the time it is calm but there will be outbursts although not at other patients as that is not tolerated ,and I do find a lot of support amongst the patients for each other. Patients are allowed to bring their laptops , phones or iPods into the acute area so they are not isolated from the outside world. There is therapy sessions during the week like cooking and art classes and daily walks around the hospital or grounds of the unit and family can either visit in the unit or in a private room. One hospital I used to work at I didn't like the place as i found it depressing with a lack of facilities but that has more to do with the age of the place , it was built before people really thought about what a unit should have. The benefit of being a voluntary patient is that if you don't like it you can leave. You sound like you have a very supportive partner French, wish you all the best and hope life gets a bit better for you. Just wanted to add I used the community mental health team in my state when I was suffering from PTSD, anxiety and panic disorder , I saw a psyciastrist once a month for medications and a psychologist every fortnight to work on a plan and a mental health nurse weekly to go thru coping excersizes and just to generally talk to. It was all for free and helped me thru a time I didn't think I would ever get thru and I still use a lot of the the things I learnt even now to help me cope with tough times.
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    I work in a public mental health unit, and at the risk of sounding unsupportive, and only reading your description of you having a personality disorder, you probably wouldn't get admitted to my ward. We rarely admit clients who are primarily personality driven as hospitalisation is usually counterproductive. If we admit its purely to maintain the clients safety, then discharged to outpatients. I'm not sure what state you're in, there may be different units or resources I'm not aware of so please forgive me if there are specific units in your area.

    My experience with public inpatients units is this. Clients are unable to have their mobile phones, laptops or tablets of any kind. They cannot smoke on hospital premises due to government policy so have to walk quite a distant to have one. Funding is so poor there is often no group therapy. The demand for beds is so great that you may wait days in the emergency department for a bed. (All admissions to my ward have to be assessed in ED first). Often the sickest of the sick are there, so it's not peaceful.


 

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