“If there is any truth – and I suspect there is – to the idea that many of us are, in fact, busy drowning while everyone around us seems happily splashing about, then what are we drowning in? What is causing people to ‘drown’ or to desperately tread water, all the while praying for rescue? What might be wrong with our world?”
Not waving but drowning: Are we leading lives of quiet despair?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we feel, think, and act. Many people suffer from mental health problems caused by various reasons including biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry, life experiences, such as trauma or abuse and a family history of mental health problems. One of the most common problems is dementia which affects memory. Normally, dementia occurs because of the death of brain cells or damage to parts of the brain that deal with our thought processes. Some forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, can be degenerative and may get worse with time.
We have experienced nurses and health care assistants who are specially trained to support people suffering from dementia. We have successfully handled many complex and challenging mental health cases. This has never been easy but by treating each case as unique and clients with patience, understanding, compassion and dignity has always been key to our success. We conduct regular mental health risk assessments to gauge mental capacity and depression.
My amazing carers
“I have always considered myself a strong, healthy woman. Unfortunately, though, old age and depression have finally started to take a toll, leaving me shattered and crying over myself all the time. Thankfully my amazing carers noticed something major was wrong with me and called for a prompt medical intervention. I don’t know where I would be today without them.”