This morning’s blog post entitled “Should We Have To Do This?” coincided with a real life example. Ella SHAW, author of the utterly excellent and widely read ambulance blog Trying My Patients, was busy living that exact reality as I was writing and drinking coffee. Her post “No Seriously, Leave It With Us!” showed how paramedics were left in the middle of a mental health-related nightmare, whilst struggling to access their police service. It is well worth a read.
Having discussed this, she invited me to reciprocate with a real example of my own: a story of how I spent a New Year’s Day nightshift handling a 23yr year old woman who had self-harmed and was violent and resistant, but obviously in need of proper care that no-one seemed willing or able to provide. My post “Policing Violent Healthcare” is a Guest Post on Trying My Patients which I was properly chuffed to be asked to do.
You should read Ella’s blog – you’ll laugh and cry your way through a range of posts and she demonstrates how frequently our friends in green find themselves grappling with mental health stories just like the police do. Often the difference is just a matter of who got called or who got there first.
I was disappointed to read the tale from her morning at work … I think if our fellow 999 services are asking for the police, they should get them – full stop. We can sort anything else out afterwards.