Have some Organisations got it Wrong with Mental Health Therapy ?
This is just my opinion and I’ll point out that I’m not one of those academic folk with a myriad of letters after my name. I am someone who has been through the system and received therapy within a public sector organisation.
When I say ‘Got it wrong’ I’m not talking about the quality of the therapy that is provided but more the environment that it is set.
From my own experience and talking to others from within all services, in the majority of cases the location that you have to attend to receive your therapy/counselling sessions is somewhere that you associate with work. Whether that is HQ, a work building or even a staff association building. If it is something work related that has been a factor in causing the issue surely some thought should be given to the effect going back into the workplace will have on the person’s welfare and even how effective that therapy session is going to be.
Imagine going into a work building for your therapy and having to sit in a waiting room where you will see and possibly interact with colleagues?
The conversation goes.
“Hello mate, I’m here for some physio on my back, how about you ?”
“Oh I’m here for some therapy because I’m going through a bout of madness, erm, but thanks for asking”.
“Hello mate, I heard you’d had a bit of a wobble and gone off a bit whip ding”.
“That’s right, thanks for letting everyone within earshot know why I’m here”.
That’s why at No Duff UK we believe in the phrase ‘You don’t heal in the place where you got sick’. And it’s true, being removed totally from that environment can only benefit and speed up the healing process.
Now a quick word about Supervisors/Managers who are dealing with their staff who are absent from work due to Mental Health. I’ve got to be honest in my case and say that I have been dealt with very well in terms of either home visits or meeting up in a neutral location but this isn’t the case for everyone. I have spoken to others where the Supervisor/Manager has insisted upon them coming into work for a meeting. This can only impact negatively upon their recovery.
And although I have been dealt with well in the past my observation would be there is always an emphasis upon pushing you to get back into work. A common theme is some way of saying “The longer you leave coming back in the more difficult it will be” or words to that effect. I disagree, let’s get my recovery sorted first so my head is in the right place to consider coming back in and then we’ll tackle that transition back into work.
No Duff UK supports all serving and former members of Armed Forces, Emergency Services, NHS, Prison Service and Animal Welfare Staff who are suffering from Mental Health issues. We can provide therapy/counselling in a variety of different modalities and we are available to help your organisation improve their service to those suffering from Mental Health.
We also have a fantastic private Peer Support Group on Facebook that is a safe space to talk if needed.
Dave Leigh – Director- No Duff UK.