Mental Health Awareness Week has, quite rightly, been widely publicised and from my experience of Facebook friends changing their profile pictures is clearly an issue close to a lot of people’s hearts.
In my work I see many client’s with mental health issues some of which they have lived with for many years and others who have developed a mental health issue as a result of an avoidable incident or accident.
One such client was in hospital for a routine heart operation all of which went well. He had a cannula in the back of his hand so anaesthetic and medications could be administered. Unfortunately the tubing attached to the cannula hadn’t been flushed properly and still contained muscle relaxant which had been given for the operation. He quickly became paralysed and was unable to speak but remained completely conscious and aware of what was happening to, and around, him until suffering a respiratory arrest. With prompt treatment he physically recovered quickly but he suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression as a result.
We were able to obtain an interim compensation payment to enable him to commence Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) for the PTSD which proved very successful very quickly meaning he recovered well. I appreciate not everyone has the same good outcome and accessibility to mental health services and treatment can be very difficult but we all need to be aware these, often invisible, conditions can be more debilitating and disabling than a physical disability or injury.