Creating healthy environments in psychiatric wards

no straight jackets

No straight jackets? 

Here’s a cheerful feature from The Guardian about a new male psychiatric ward in South London called The Tarn.  Everyone working at the centre recognises the importance of creating a safe, responsible, stimulating and status rich environment for the severely unstable and often violent men who live there – and the article reports on their very positive results:

 “Francis Adzinku, the trust’s acute and crisis services manager, insists that he and his colleagues developed their distinctive approach in former, very rundown wards, and that it is much more about attitudes and principles.

“If you prepare an environment where you think people are going to throw things around, then they come prepared to do that,” Adzinku says. “But if you put people in an environment where they feel comfortable, where it is clean and where there are nice things to look at, the effect can be wonderful. The philosophy is to have, as much as possible, an ideal environment, and we have a very good multi-disciplinary team who have a clear idea of the philosophy they are working with.” read the article

Posted by: Eleanor

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2 responses to “Creating healthy environments in psychiatric wards

  1. YOUR DOING A FANTASTIC JOB KEEP IT UP!!!!!!! WE NEED MORE GOOD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THIS WORLD COZ’ IT’S WAY MORE POPULAR THEN PEOPLE THINK, LOVE JENNA WELLS XOXOOX

  2. Elise Gingerich

    There Is Nothing HEALTHY, About Mental Hospital Wards. Mental Hospital Wards, Are The Most UNHEALTHY Places, YOU Could Go To!

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