So come on you bad old UserWatch (we say) be generous and resolve this contradiction ....Okay then , we'll try in our split casso-istic cubed face way ...We love weird angles - bent spokes on wheels etc.... That does mean crippled bikes are actually crippled bikes and clowns should really fall off them and stop dressing up as business professionals though....
Here's a part then of the text from the Trust website :
"SASH is a Shining Star
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust has become one of the city’s Shining Stars for its work with young people who self-harm.
Birmingham City Council has awarded twelve 2007 Shining Stars, including one to BSMHT’s team at the Stratford Road Centre in Sparkhill. "
Then here's Emma Cooney's text on the PM petition site :
"There are practically no self harm support groups/advice that is accessible. If people were given more information and the correct information, then it may reduce stigmas and a person may be able to help or understand some issues that people with any mental health illness may be experiencing. I believe if more services operated and that were run outside of the Mental Health Trust ie, community workers or service users, may be useful. Also this would give people with direct experience to not only help but possibly train for paid work, thus getting people of sick benefit and into work that they feel at ease with. Self harm is deemed second level Psychology but very few psychologists are trained in this area and very few actually focus on self harm as a main issue or concern. Please listen as mental health is vastly growing in this country and unless sufficient targets and services are in place, it will only get worse. I work with many people who just do not receive the correct level of support and it is heart breaking when something can be done. I propose more services to be availible and possible hubs/cafes to be distriputed throughout the UK. "
Emma's text is genuine enough in heart but its simply not insightful enough about the Trust and the way it is forced to make savings (creating a lack of patient care) and spending priorities as well as turning out a 2 - 3 million surplus which makes it play at being a business that can make "surpluses" which it can invest as it wishes for "patient care" ...
So you see see although the Trust service for self harmers is a "Shining star" its actually inside a paradoxical mucky context of bad faith with patient need because it diverts public money away from genuine patient choices and their ability to recover in groups in the community along with patient choosing their therapists from any supply side rather than its boring metal mickeys with with cogntive behavioural therapy ears
Oh there are still countless meetings and User-involvement rituals but its the same old NHS which takes money away from the patient and creates meetings-cultures where no-one gets a life or therapy but where the large bureau colon munches away and has plenty of paper and wind ...
What it comes down to is serviceless-service-user-land.....Crisis patterns and admissions into wards are often driven by poor recovery choices and poor systems of support in the community - Emma can partly see that, but where is the money coming from to create better services in the community ? From the Trust and NHS ?
She also sees that current psychologists are inadequate ...That is the truth .. Too many have no real experience of deeper psychotherapy (into themselves too) and addressing damaged feeling states so the self cutting, self alienating, self punishing rituals of self harmers could return with proper emotional help to historically contextualised rage, hurt, and then mourning as people work through into recognising the terrible abuse they have come through and constantly symbolise out in their behaviour is their developmental background seeking a voice of pain with an altered desire for witness..
The antidote is "patient choice" partly but matched with a genuine supply of empathically skilled psychotherapists rather than objectifying psychologists...And the control on the quality of this must be patient groups initially ...Will it happen ? Of course not .
The vested interests create false over-specialisms driven by staff with high wages and that dynamic formed the Personality Disorder Units of the Henderson (London) and Main House (Birmingham) . We say "false" because we see a conflict with supply sides of deep and helpful psychotherapies and the way patient needs are driven into "speciality" by virtue of the NHS's insistence of pissing about with "therapy" and keeping it superficial and more lately "work-driven" on the advice of 19th century Victorian principles of deal with the past by blacking it out and working..
What has to become broadly available is a new skill of helping people recover their fuller feelings and deal with pain of serious emotional and other abuses without completely going mad and symbolic in their behaviour ....Yesss it a long job - but never started, it gets longer...
We note that Heather Bartlett a Trust staff member signed the petition . Good ...The code of self disempowerment and NHS omerta is perhaps altering for some . What we sense however also is half truths and half services and the missing "Patient Choice Culture " equation ...
"Team manager Heather Bartlett said: “We are targeting mainly young people because most self-harm starts around the age of 12 or 13. It is all preventative work that we do and we have found most of the people who want our help and support are aged 17 to 38. Some are currently in the system but others are new to the service”.
Heather added: “We are delighted that our project has been recognised by Birmingham City Council for its support service and we are the proud recipients of a crystal star”.
December 4 sees the launch of the SASH website – www.sashproject.org.uk – where people will be able to find out about self-harming, what they can do about it, where they can go for help and links for relatives and carers.
Heather said: “The website is educational and signposts people to sources of advice and support, but we are also launching an online chatroom, where those who self-harm as well as concerned relatives, friends and carers can discuss their issues with other interested parties”.
Emma Cooney, the Petition Creator, joined by:
- Suzanne Cooney
- david hartly
- Tricia Roberts
- C.J. Gardner
- Paddy McGowan
- Janice Ellis
- natalie bardsley
- Charlotte Maybury
- susan coughlan
- Louise Reardon
- heather bartlett
- daniel chatfield
- Paul Brian Tovey Pro-User-Autonomy
- joan johnson
- Stephen Waters
- sean Mullen
- Kerri Cooney
- Mervyn Morris