Dina’s Blog

Media Headlines Concerning Mental Health Service Users in England: An Alice in Wonderland Affair?

Looking at media headlines from 2011 and 2012 concerning users of mental health services in England evokes in me a strong, odd sense of living and operating  in two parallel and contradictory universes – a sense of paradox that brings to mind Alice and her transportation from the boredom of her riverbank reality (she was sitting with her sister at a  riverbank, the story goes) to the adventurous fantasy world of Wonderland…

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Dina’s Story: Why I Absconded From an Acute Ward by Dina Poursanidou

In 2009 I was compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act in an acute psychiatric ward in North Manchester Hospital. I absconded twice within a week during my first month there – fairly soon after my admission – even though I was supposedly on close 1:1 observation, especially at night. This was because I was acutely suicidal when I was first admitted, and that was the reason for my sectioning. Read more