Living life on the borderline

The uprising of the mentalists.

Posted on: January 4, 2012

As regular readers of mentalist blogs and TWIM may know by now, the wonderful Miss Littlefeet author of the Chaos and Control blog has had to password-protect her posts and discontinue updating after issues arising with the staff in her inpatient unit ūüė¶ Big deep breath after that long sentence.

This brings up so much more than the experience of one individual, but rather how the NHS (and people in general) view mental health, social media and blogging. I’m struggling to put my thoughts into words but I will try my best. As it stands to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing in my writings here that I would not say to people’s faces. I make sure to not give away any identifying features of other patients, staff or people I’m associated with. I’m not telling their story – I’m telling mine. For a while now, as I start to reach out within “real life” mental health awareness and come out as a full-on mentalist, I’ve been waiting for someone to put two-and-two together and ask if this is “me”. Does expecting to be caught out writing about my mental health defeat my anonymity?¬†No. Are all mental health bloggers liars? No.

One of the biggest benefits to me about blogging is that I can connect with other people who are also making their journey through the mental health services and recovery all over the world. Of course, there will be people on the internet who lie, or who may not portray the whole truth, perhaps. That is not specifically limited to people with mental illness. Internet old-timers will remember the story of “Kaycee Nicole”, a¬†woman who posed as a teen¬†writing a blog about living with cancer. That is unfortunately the nature of the internet. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who has encountered people who offer some questionable stories in a psychiatric care facility. It would be ridiculous to assume that inpatient care should be scrapped incase someone doesn’t tell the truth. Instead, there are guidelines and subtle advice offered to inpatients to protect themselves.

When is the NHS going to join 2012 and do the same for those that use social media? Okay, we are four days into 2012 but you get the picture.

It’s a crying shame because for a lot of people, writing is how they process things. I know after an hour of staring at the little “add new post” box, typing whatever rubbish comes into my head first, I’m usually feeling a lot calmer. For some who are perhaps very vulnerable and not considered able to keep themselves safe online, by all means take protective measures. I’ve been told by a lotlotlot of mental health professionals of the DANGERS OF THE INTERNET!!!11!1!1! Not that I’m old enough and ugly enough to take the advice of a registered charity website like Rethink, rather than¬†Google “how can I cure schizophrenia with the process of photosynthesis”.¬†And at risk of over-egging the pudding…. the Mind report into crisis care reveals damning evidence of the lack of good acute psychiatric care when people are at risk. But rather than, y’know, try and help people who are at risk of killing themselves, let’s demonise one of the¬†few 24-hour avenues of emotional expression, support and understanding.

I’m no MHA/MCA expert but. Boo. Boooo.

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2 Responses to "The uprising of the mentalists."

[…] Many of you will be familiar with the saga that has befallen LittleFeet from Chaos and Control, the winner of our PTSD award. There has been ample discussion in this community (and outside it) about the frankly disgusting way she was treated by ward stuff vis a vis her blog, but I’m going to let outwardlyintrovert from Living Life on the Borderline let loose with her rant here. […]

[…] Many of you will be familiar with the saga that has befallen LittleFeet from Chaos and Control, the winner of our PTSD award. There has been ample discussion in this community (and outside it) about the frankly disgusting way she was treated by ward stuff vis a vis her blog, but I’m going to let outwardlyintrovert from Living Life on the Borderline let loose with her rant here. […]

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I'm an 18 year old girl/woman/person of the female gender who blogs about growing up, living with mental health problems and her experience with the NHS mental health services, both CAMHS and CMHTs. Expect plenty of teenage angst and general craziness. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

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