Okay, so maybe all is not lost because my dad called my psychiatrist (ex-psychiatrist – whatever) and he got me a bed at Oakham house. Now intitally I don’t trust anything that has nature thing in it and isn’t nature. Like “rainbow room” – I don’t know what the hell a rainbow room is but I don’t trust it. But my dad and I agreed that it would be best because he wants me well and I want to sleep again and get GCSEs and go to places and stuff but you can’t do that if you’re mentally unwell.
I researched, obviously. Knowledge is power and if i’m going to spend over night (over many nights probably) somewhere then I need to know about it. So what have I found out (bullet list):
- Oakham House is an in-patient unit which admits up to 10 children and young people between the ages of 11 – 18 who have mental health issues. – 10 people, that sounds too intimate for my liking and 11-18 that leaves a large gap of ages which isn’t something I’m particularly comfortable with because one of the most brilliant things about the modern era for people who suffer from social anxiety is that in cities and towns everyone is cut off from everyone and whilst that is sad. For me and other social anxiety sufferers it is a good thing. So am I happy about how intimate thing is going to be? Not really. Will I be happy if I have to make friends with some 11 year old. Nope.
- They will provide assessment and then if necessary treatment and diagnosis of a range of conditions including, psychosis, depression, anxiety related disorders, Behavioural disturbances, eating disorders and Learning Disability associated with mental health. What’s a learning disabilty associated with mental health?
- The treatment package includes individual and group work. The Child and the family are an integral part of the process and will be involved in all aspects of the care. What’s group work? Is that like group therapy or work with the family because I’m not a fan of either… okay maybe I can get on board with group therapy because I like hearing people’s stories but I don’t actually want my dad to come over and be all theraputic because it might make me sick.
- The medical staff will see them individually at least once a week and will provide assessment and other psychological work to help them. The therapists will work with them individually and in groups. Not only does that answer my question about group therapy but it also questions how often I’ll be seen, I may not feel like opening up everyday.
- The inpatient unit is on one site with access to the three community teams within the service and we have 18 nurses, 1 consultant psychiatrist, 2 occupational Therapists, 2 Family Therapist, 1 teacher and 1 Psychologist. I swear to God if a teacher comes to me in the holidays I will be really pissed off, I will do my own revision and I don’t know why you need so many family therapists and what the hell is an occupational therapist? I don’t have an occupation and I bet neither does the 11 year olds. Actually I doubt any person who goes in there does because let’s face it, they’re either too young or too ill or both.
- We can admit up to 10 people at any one time and have around 100 admissions a year. Uncomfortable!
- I can bring my phone with no sim card and they can give me a sim card so i can text my family. Lovely really. I bet that’s so they can check up on us. No cameras or iPods. okay… how am I going to survive without music?
This is going to be hell.
But since I will very unlikely be able to get on the internet after 9:30am tomorrow, I’ll answer comments, emails and pigeon mail until then. So yes, I will miss the blogging and if I am ever able to get on the internet I will write a quick blog about how I’m doing. You better all miss me. *psst* if you can answer any of my questions that I haven’t answered myself I’d be grateful *psst*