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Old 03-10-2019, 11:09 PM   #1
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Hey all, I just want to ask peopleís views. Iíve started questioning what Iím doing in life. I have a pretty sweet deal where work has paid me and paid my uni fees to do my nursing degree. And Iím a bit into my 2nd year so not long left really. But... Iíve started to have a dilemma where I feel that we are setting people up to fail. I donít agree with the system we are trying to support people in.

We let people get into a crisis situation so they get admitted. We do hardly any therapeutic interventions and then we discharge them prematurely for them to go to the community stop their medication and relapse and go through the cycle again. In forensic setting they commit a crime end up in the system and then we medicate them to their eye balls and then release them where they may not be able to integrate into society because of side effects so they stop their meds and the cycle begins again.

I donít know if I can keep being part of the ďprofessionsĒ that think they are helping. In all honesty what difference can we make if the money isnít their to make the changes?

But I just donít know anymore what I could do as Iíve worked in mH since 2014. Just feel so lost.

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Old 05-10-2019, 07:44 PM   #2
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Heya, this sounds like an unpleasant situation to be in and I can understand why you're having doubts. I guess in some ways I feel similarly about teaching and the education system, but on the flip side, us leaving our occupations wouldn't make it any better! All we can do is try to make our little bit of the system a better place by 'being the change we wish to see' or whatever. You can't change the whole system nor are you expected to, but your ideas and contributions can make a difference to the individuals that you work with. Obviously you have to consider what's best for your own health and wellbeing, but I don't think you should worry about the morality of being part of the system- it's better off with you in it. I'm unsure if that makes sense?

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