When a group of young mental health workers are asked about what is different about the approach that is taken toward their line of work in Dorset, the immediate response is that they are “big on recovery”.
Whereas in a lot of other places it is said that the main focus is to prevent the patient’s condition from deteriorating, here in Dorset the aim is to improve the conditions of the patients and to help them to work towards having a better life.
It is this that makes the job so rewarding for these mental health nurses, as Nicola Hampton said:
“Sometimes patients will only really see one person, so you feel like you’re really making a difference to that person’s life, which makes you feel really good.”
As well as this, Jessica Wall said that “promoting independence” is one of the things that she finds most rewarding. It is things such as gaining independence that will truly help people in Dorset suffering from mental health issues with their recovery.
One thing that was outlined as an aspect to be improved by Shauna Curran was that “there aren’t enough people trained in mental health” in Dorset and it was said that the lack of people can occasionally mean that there are breakdowns in communication.
However, this shows that, despite the great work that mental health workers are doing in Dorset to help the recovery of people suffering from mental health issues, there is still room for improvement and that there is the potential for them to go on and do even more.