So I've been under a psychiatrist, the crisis team, the home treatment team and the access team at various points during the last 6 months. Also ongoing input from psychological therapies. Things have been up and down, including a v bad patch where I refused to go to any appointments at all because everyone kept talking about sectioning me so I decided it was better to stop talking. My GP persuaded me to see the psychiatrist this week and I did. He's referring me to the CMHT to get a care-coordinator. What will this mean, why would he do this and will this mean even more scrutiny?
A care coordinator in the trust I worked for was usually a senior nurse or OT who had a therapeutic relationship with the person, who wrote reports, arranged CPAs and generally co-ordinated the MDT, the main contact for other professionals and the person to deal with. Without a CC I would imagine things could get disorganised. I worked in a Low Secure setting so there would be a large support network for any our patients.
Thank you all. That is reassuring. I'm much more scared of being sectioned than I am of feeling suicidal. That has become normal state of affairs and I'm quite calm about it now, but not about being sectioned. Which, reading back, is probably why they're stepping things up...
You know, I often think I wish I had been sectioned. The peace and the freedom to focus on me and getting me properly better rather than trying to do that whilst holding a family together but I've clawed myself back each time. I used to be terrifyed of sectioning but now I think it offers the most wonderfully selfish opportunity to let go of the reins and all responsibility. I've probably not made sense but what I'm trying to say is obviously don't try and get sectioned but if you do don't be thinking of it as a terrible thing, it may be a necessary thing to get you to be the best person you can be
A care coordinator, or a CPN (Community practice nurse) is a mental health worker who's main focus is providing support and care to someone in the community to keep them at home. They offer help and guidance, and most importantly, they communicate with the GP, arrange any appointments with a psychologist or psychiatrist, tell you of any groups, help arrange your care. They are your main point of call should you need something.