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Inpatient admission - Working age adults: Sue's story of recovery

Sue Mall speaks of her experiences when admitted to a working age adult inpatient unit in 2003.

Towards the end of 2003 I became very manic due to marriage problems and eventually was sectioned and taken to an inpatient unit. I was very confused when I arrived on the ward; I thought I was in prison and I can remember throwing my food at the wall. A very patient nurse assessed me and after talking to other patients I realised where I was - you talk a lot to other people on the wards.

It was very boring being on section because I wasn’t even allowed to go into the garden. The night staff were really nice though, they would make toast and bacon sandwiches for me and the other patients. There were some books on the ward and I would sit and read most of the time.

I found ward round - where the team discusses your care with you – quite daunting, so I would write notes to take in with me. The psychiatrist saw this as a good sign that I was recovering and took me off section two weeks early.

Things were a lot better after that as I could go to occupational therapy and the gym. I spent six weeks in hospital and overall I think it was the best thing for me. I got a lot of help from the staff and was given an excellent Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) who helped me with housing as my marriage had broken down and I was homeless.

I now work for Oxleas at Horizon House - a clubhouse that supports people recovering from mental illness and arranges work placements for them. We regularly visit the wards to talk to patients - as ex-patients we can relate to what they are going through and let them know where they can receive support when they are discharged. It is good to go back as when you are ill the wards can seem scary places and this is not the case when you are well.