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Starting a conversation around recovery from mental health issues + never giving up on dreams

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entalinafleur
entalinafleur Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great time this summer. The pandemic was great for me, RIP to the people who died.
I would like to start a discussion about recovery from mental health issues and never giving up on your dreams. We all have to feel alive otherwise what's the point of living? Anybody frustrated with medicine? Is anybody experiencing financial restrictions? 
Lets be open about our experiences here. 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community Feel free to join in or ask any questions 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,504 Disability Gamechanger
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    Welcome to the community @entalinafleur :) How are you doing today?

    Thanks for joining the community, and for wanting to open up a discussion on such an important topic. I've moved your post into our mental health issues category, and renamed your post so that it's more obvious to other users what you'd like to talk about. 

    Do you have an experience of recovering from mental ill health that you'd like to share to start us off? 
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  • entalinafleur
    entalinafleur Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Yes I have over 10 years of lived experience under the London mental health system. I have a false diagnosis and was forced strong medicine that I never needed.
  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,741 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @entalinafleur

    I'm sorry to hear about your experiences with the mental health system.  When you say you have a 'false diagnosis', what do you mean?  Also, in relation to being forced medication - was this something you complained about at the time? If not, would lodging a complaint be something you'd wish to pursue now?  Health and social care complaints generally need to be done within a 12 month period so that's something to bear in mind.  

    If you could give us a few more details about what happened, that would help us better help you but to reiterate I'm so sorry your care wasn't up to par.  

    For anyone reading who has had a similar experience - there are different ways you can complain about NHS mental health treatment.  MIND have excellent advice on steps to follow on this How to start a health or social care complaint webpage.  
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @entalinafleur and welcome to the community, best wishes ?

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  • Katharine_Alumni
    Katharine_Alumni Community member, Scope Member Posts: 66 Courageous
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    Just wanted to pop in and say thank you for starting this conversation. I am a trainer for First Aid for Mental Health courses and think it is so important for these discussions to be had and am encouraged by my own experience to increase awareness. I am sorry to hear that these experiences have been yours and I hope that you are now in a position to receive the care and support you hoped for.
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