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Privileged glimpses 5: Don’t expect perfection.

Don’t expect your service user to perform perfectly. You don’t so why should they? Continue reading

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Civilisation 28: Chrysippus

Chrysippus was a determinist, believing in fate and pre-ordination. And yet he also championed the role of free will, a concept he believed could best be approached by practicing Stoicism. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 4: Coping skills develop slowly

The next time your service user gets something wrong or fails to meet expectations don’t assume they’re incapable. Help them to grow because of that mistake, not in spite of it. It’s a vital part of learning new skills and new ways of coping. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 3: People do the best they can with what they’ve got

If someone you work with makes poor choices that’s not necessarily because they don’t want to do better. It’s more likely because they either don’t know what else to do or because they don’t think that other options will work for them. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 2: People are just people

Different professional groups have different responsibilities and different levels of education are important but they don’t make us special. Continue reading

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Dear Nurses – Nigel wants us to spread the word

I call on all those working in UK healthcare to think through just how backward facing this set of proposals actually is Continue reading

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Privileged Glimpses 1: There is no ‘us and them’

I believed myself (very arrogantly, I might add) to be one of ‘the mentally healthy’. I thought that people were born to mental health or to mental ill health and that the work of mental health services was to protect ‘the mentally unhealthy’ from themselves either by medication or by more social methods. Continue reading

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