Authors: Suzette Poole, Clare McCarten, Corrine Leddy
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Substance Abuse Disorders; institutional settings, attitudes, stigma, discrimination, lived experience, workforce, Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui, Hamilton, New Zealand, NZ, Waitematā District Health Board
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This presentation outlines why and how an education resource to support women in secure mental health care with their recovery was developed using a DHB and workforce centre collaborative approach.
One of the aims of New Zealand secure mental health services for women is to provide a physically and psychologically safe therapeutic environment for women to be empowered to take control of their own recovery. However, women in these units are often admitted to and live in mixed gender units which can hamper their recovery, especially if they have experienced trauma in their lives. Sadly, some women report that they do not always feel that they are listened to by staff and wish staff would see the ‘real me’, the person behind the mental health or addiction problem, the woman behind the offence. For many staff it is not always easy to fully understand what a woman may be experiencing. To help increase their awareness a resource ‘See through our eyes’, that includes three videos for use in structured tailored educations sessions, was developed. A preliminary summary of the education sessions is provided.