Two patients from the Cassel Hospital presented their experience of life in a therapeutic community to delegates at the annual West London Mental Health NHS Trust Nursing Conference held at Twickenham Stadium.
Jo, who is nearing the end of her time at the Cassel, wanted to draw on her experiences and give delegates a flavour of life in a therapeutic community. She said:
being a patient at the Cassel is a unique kind of experience and one that it is very difficult to understand without going through it yourself. For that reason, I wanted to give a realistic insight into the benefits, and difficulties, that the treatment of a therapeutic community provides. Although speaking in front of so many professionals was a daunting prospect, I am pleased that I faced my anxieties because the feedback we received was really positive and several attendees said how helpful it was to hear direct from service users. I hope by speaking out it not only supports the work of the Cassel but raises the profile of personality disorder treatment in the wider arena.
Read Jo’s account of Life in a Therapeutic Community here.