"My great community psychiatrist at Malham House"
About: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health LS15 8ZB
Posted by Agent for Change (as ),
My community psychiatrist has known me for 12 years. I am due to give a talk to Portsmouth NHS next week on my recovery, what helped and what didn't. I have dedicated a whole powerpoint slide on behalf of this doctor (but haven't mentioned her name)
The reason why is because Portsmouth NHS are now focusing on recovery and involving Peer Support Workers.
Recovery seems to be a new concept but my doctor naturally does this and has been doing it since I've known her.
She always focuses on strengths rather than just my symptoms, always focuses on wellness rather than illness whilst being sensitive to how I felt, good or bad. When I felt suicidal she reminded me that recovery does happen and the next time I saw her I had started to make a massive step towards recovery, she always took time to listen to me and I always felt that she took a real interest in what I was saying. The words she said to me and the way she acknowledged me was always with compassion and understanding. She always encouraged me and always remembered the things I said to her in the past and took a real interest in my work and volunteering. She always was encouraging and restored my faith to go back into work which I will find fulfilling - she always took an interest in how I was keeping myself well, always asked me about the charity I was supporting and was interested in talking about how mindfulness was helping me - she respected that I needed to take control of how I stay well and encouraged me to look at alternative therapies, she was pleased that I had got into mindfulness. She respected my decision to have minimal or no medication and was always cautious in prescribing me anything always saying that I usually recover quickly by myself - due to this positive attitude that she had for me - I then believed that I could get better, which helped me take more responsibility.
She sees beyond your illness, she sees people as individuals, respects their decisions, and really makes time to listen with compassion.
There isn't many doctors like her and I'm gutted I didn't get a chance to give her some flowers - so I hope this message gets to her instead as well as her manager.