Insightful on stigma within a&e which I’ve faced too
TW: Contains references to Self Harm.
The greatest exposure I have had to the stigma around poor Mental Health is undoubtedly in A&E. I have lost count of the number of times I have presented at A&E after either cutting or overdosing. What people generally don’t understand about Self-Harm is that, to those of us who do it, the consequences of our actions do not matter. For me, it is a coping mechanism, a ‘release’, a way to externalise the pain of my internal suffering. I don’t do it for attention, or because I enjoy going to A&E.
So it would be good if A&E staff understood this and treated us with a bit more respect. In fairness, there are some compassionate nurses and doctors whom I have come to know and who care for me as they would someone who had broken a leg or bumped their head. But all…
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