Spare a thought for staff surrounded by tragedy

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IN response to the three pages of Woodlands editorial last week I feel compelled to respond.

The article of course outlined the detail of the coroner’s stand on the deaths, and I very much feel for those closest to those who have died, having to endure the pain of the inquests.

However, the human tragedy of a death in hospital reverberates beyond families and friends. Reading as I did last week the names of those nurses, doctors and social workers involved in the inquests, the editorial offered little sense of the sheer difficulties they are faced with when dealing with an individual who is mentally distressed, or the fantastic work they do to help people ‘recover’ their mental health.

These people work extremely hard to support hundreds of individuals to continue living with the kind of mental and emotional anguish that is often very difficult to live with. It is challenging work.

In turn, they are also deeply affected when their support is ‘not enough’ and ends with a tragedy, but still they carry on, caring for the next person.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to read three pages of all the positive cases where individuals have been helped to recover their health?

Where people who have used services have helped to ensure they have a voice in future developments and delivery of support?

SU BARNICOAT Development Manager Focus on Mental Health

Trinity Street