By Annabel. Posted on 28th February 2015.
Just before Christmas my sister had to have her beloved dog put down. As she was a service user with a diagnosis of schizophrenia/personality her CPN organised that she stayed in the respite home near Barrow-in-Furness, her nearest city. With special care to help in her grief and company over Christmas, I as her next of kin felt reassured that she was being looked after. My relationship with her is often difficult when I am not with her. I think part of the illness is there are difficulties with relationships with their nearest and dearest.
The Crisis Bed Project, formerly known as the Crisis House Project was formed quite a few years ago when it was seen that there was a real need for this form of help. Our vision has always been to have a safe environment for people when they are feeling vulnerable. The group meets monthly at Restore in Manzil Way, in Oxford. If you are interested in our project please blog back. We have recently carried out a survey on ‘A need for a respite house’. The findings from the research will be posted on the Oxford Mental Health Forum website.