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There is probably an A & E at torbay hospital. I expect that gets very busy in the holiday season. I will try tp fiind out mor for you.
 
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maudikie.

The only other oone I could find was Barnstaple - 50 miles from my Postal address.
 
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maudikie

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maudikie.

Sorry - too far away and no bus route, but write any time. I am a carer but ancient!
 
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Hi , I am new here...i was diagnosed with bipolar 2 years ago after many years of major depression treated with various anti depressants no one ever asked me what happened when the depression lifted so i assumed the high mood was a normal reaction to the depression lifting even though i got into all kinds of trouble as a result.
My treatment now is lithium 400mg quietapine 150mg, depakote 400mg amd mirtazapine 30mg.
I read with interest the post about the mind center in plymouth as this is where i live, i hadn't heard of this and will certainly look into it.It may seem strnge but i felt lifted to know there are other people close by who would understand as i feel very isolated at the moment. I do have a cpn and am regulary seen at elmview my pdoc was lovely but he has just left and i am waiting to meet the new one.
Anyway hope i have posted this correctly,look forward to getting to know you all a little better.
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Hi Abbi.
How is it going for you now?
 
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Hi Ralph,

thank you for asking it is very kind of you ....i have been having a drop in mood things just seem to require too much effort just now,my son attends a day centre as he is profondly disabled and we heard there may be a possibilty it will be closing the SS are trying to force us into direct payment so we could pay people to come in and take him on trips, we aren't at all happy about that as he has no speech and is completly dependant ...feedingis required and he is doubley incontient i really think a day centre offers the social interactions with the security and familiarity of the same staff everyday, but then who ever listens to carers ? hopefully things will level out again soon.
One good thing is that my lithium is finaly theraputic :clap:
Hope you are keeping well too.
big hug to you Abbi.:grouphug:
 
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Hi! Lostwithout. I believe there is a room in Totnes where mentally ill people can be seen. Somewhere near the bridge, but I don't know the address. I will try to find it. The next neares A & e is, I think Bideford - about 50 miles.
I am living in Avonwick and you can contact me by E-mail, but i can't arrange or attend meetings as i have arthritis, and no transport of my own.
Another place you could enquire is at Totnes Caring tel;-01803 865 684.
They will probably have more info. than myself.
 
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Schizophrenia

Just been looking through some of the post and noticed many have dx of Bi Polar. Are there any members here with a diagnosis of schizophrenia? Or family members?
 
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The minor injuries place is at Cumberland House, at Mountwise. It use to be open at the weekend but i dont think it is now. So i would check out the opening times before going there.

Hi lostwithout
I find a good place to go for support and to be with people is Mind Oasis, which is at 8 woodside, Greenbank near the freedom fields park. telphone number 01752 254004. They are openfor general drop in Monday, Tueday afternoon, wednesday and Friday. They do help and advice on a range of topics from benefits to housing, one to one sessions and have a bipolar support group, and you can get a cheap lunch and meet new people. they do other stuff too such as art classes and music. As for the only other minor injuries unit I know of is out at Devonport near Plymouth Albions ground, it;s only a small unit so might be easier for you. Hope this helps

Teresa XXX
 
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The minor injuries place is at Cumberland House, at Mountwise. It use to be open at the weekend but i dont think it is now. So i would check out the opening times before going there.
Also I forgot to mention that Morice Baptist Church at Ham Drive has a Centre there for Service Users. There are very good facilities there. It is called Crossroads. The telephone number of the church is -
01752 367 880
I dont know if this is the same number as Crossroads but I am sure they will be able to advise you.
Also regarding MIND. I have been informed recently that things at MIND are not as good as they use to be. I dont know for sure because I havent been there for a while. However, it is always worth calling in and seeing for yourself. I knew a few people who have stopped going there because of things being run down. Apparently, and I am not 100% certain on this, they dont do the midday meal now, or so I am told.
Also Citizen's Advice can inform you of facilities and also Disability Information Advice Centre at Earnest English House can have information. Health Centre's hold information too. Also dont forget if you are in distress there is Gateway, which is a helpline for people with mental health issues. Their number is 01752-669709. And also of course there is the Samaritans who are there 24/7. Their number is - 01752-221666. Hope that helps. Oh and last by not least, dont forget the forum, you can always come on here and chat.
 
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Also I forgot to mention that Morice Baptist Church at Ham Drive has a Centre there for Service Users. There are very good facilities there. It is called Crossroads. The telephone number of the church is -
01752 367 880
I dont know if this is the same number as Crossroads but I am sure they will be able to advise you.
Also regarding MIND. I have been informed recently that things at MIND are not as good as they use to be. I dont know for sure because I havent been there for a while. However, it is always worth calling in and seeing for yourself. I knew a few people who have stopped going there because of things being run down. Apparently, and I am not 100% certain on this, they dont do the midday meal now, or so I am told.
Also Citizen's Advice can inform you of facilities and also Disability Information Advice Centre at Earnest English House can have information. Health Centre's hold information too. Also dont forget if you are in distress there is Gateway, which is a helpline for people with mental health issues. Their number is 01752-669709. And also of course there is the Samaritans who are there 24/7. Their number is - 01752-221666. Hope that helps. Oh and last by not least, dont forget the forum, you can always come on here and chat.
I have been talking to MIND about their current services and below is their reply>

In response to extensive consultations and discussion with our members and
major stakeholders, Plymouth and District Mind has recently made some major
changes to the way in which we work. This year will be a year of transition
in which we modify some of our existing services and develop new services to
meet the changing needs of people we work with and fill some of the gaps in
service provision that we have identified. Most importantly, our services
will empower our service users to participate actively in all areas of our
work and thus contribute to their pathway to recovery and independence. We
aim to become a centre of excellence for mental health in the city. We are
planning extensive renovations to our two buildings to make them fit for
this purpose.

The main changes to service provision concern the Oasis Centre. This still
opens on four days a week (Monday 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., Tuesday 10.00 a.m.
- 1.30 p.m., Wednesday 10.00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. and Friday 10.00 a.m. - 4.00
p.m.). From early March 2010, Oasis became a service user led day centre.
Each session is run by trained Peer Support Volunteers. A cooked meal is
normally served each day that the centre is open. We hope to see the Oasis
Centre develop into a thriving, self determined service that provides a wide
range of activities.

We have just opened an Advice and Information Service in our Parkside
building. This will eventually offer early evening and Saturday morning
provision. The advice will be for people experiencing mental ill health,
their carers, families, friends and employers and will relate to anything to
do with mental health and well being. Our redesigned services will also mean
that we will continue to offer help and support on a one to one basis or
group work basis as appropriate.

We recognise that any period of change will cause uncertainty. Rather than
relying on the grapevine, which can often distort information and create
myths, we invite anyone who would like to know more about this new direction
of service to contact us on 01752 254004, visit our website
www.plymouthmind.org.uk or email us at [email protected]"
 
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cindy

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Well that clarifies that - and rightly said at the end - I heard it through the grapevine. I think it was probably people who are not able to understand or cope with the changes that will bring positive things, seeing things in the wrong perspective. So it is looking good for Plymouth.


hello,, I was diaginosed in august this year as having Bipolar and have just started on Lithium 400mg. i was previously on anti depressants but following a manic episode when penguins were talking to me.. these were stopped.

I am finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that I have a mental illness and will probably always need to be on medication. I have a lovely dr at Elmview but things are not going fast enough for me.. I just want to get well and get back to work.

I feel like I should be in hospital right now.. but the problem is it would appear that I am not ill enough.. but I am scared of getting too ill.

I would like to speak with others and get some support from other people like me. My family are good but they think that because I now take this one little tablet everything will be fixed now and life will get back to normal. But I fear it will not and I fear people around me cannot cope and I need to be somewhere where i could get the understanding space and time that I need. I just cannot snap out of it!

Help!! :confused:
I have been talking to MIND about their current services and below is their reply>

In response to extensive consultations and discussion with our members and
major stakeholders, Plymouth and District Mind has recently made some major
changes to the way in which we work. This year will be a year of transition
in which we modify some of our existing services and develop new services to
meet the changing needs of people we work with and fill some of the gaps in
service provision that we have identified. Most importantly, our services
will empower our service users to participate actively in all areas of our
work and thus contribute to their pathway to recovery and independence. We
aim to become a centre of excellence for mental health in the city. We are
planning extensive renovations to our two buildings to make them fit for
this purpose.

The main changes to service provision concern the Oasis Centre. This still
opens on four days a week (Monday 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., Tuesday 10.00 a.m.
- 1.30 p.m., Wednesday 10.00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. and Friday 10.00 a.m. - 4.00
p.m.). From early March 2010, Oasis became a service user led day centre.
Each session is run by trained Peer Support Volunteers. A cooked meal is
normally served each day that the centre is open. We hope to see the Oasis
Centre develop into a thriving, self determined service that provides a wide
range of activities.

We have just opened an Advice and Information Service in our Parkside
building. This will eventually offer early evening and Saturday morning
provision. The advice will be for people experiencing mental ill health,
their carers, families, friends and employers and will relate to anything to
do with mental health and well being. Our redesigned services will also mean
that we will continue to offer help and support on a one to one basis or
group work basis as appropriate.

We recognise that any period of change will cause uncertainty. Rather than
relying on the grapevine, which can often distort information and create
myths, we invite anyone who would like to know more about this new direction
of service to contact us on 01752 254004, visit our website
www.plymouthmind.org.uk or email us at [email protected]"
 
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Benefits advice....?

Well that clarifies that - and rightly said at the end - I heard it through the grapevine. I think it was probably people who are not able to understand or cope with the changes that will bring positive things, seeing things in the wrong perspective. So it is looking good for Plymouth.
Hi,

Just to say that Mind at the Oasis centre tell me that they do not give 'benefits advice', however, they do have an amazing book that you can look at called 'The Big Book of Benefits' which was written by the Mind people at Neath. You can photocopy the bits you need st Oasis - Just ask them in the office upstairs.
 
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Hi,

Just to say that Mind at the Oasis centre tell me that they do not give 'benefits advice', however, they do have an amazing book that you can look at called 'The Big Book of Benefits' which was written by the Mind people at Neath. You can photocopy the bits you need st Oasis - Just ask them in the office upstairs.
Just for the sake of clarity, I would point out that the Oasis centre is an outreach of Plymouth Methodist Central Hall and as such it is not a MIND centre. unless that is there is another site called the oasis centre.
 
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same place?

Just for the sake of clarity, I would point out that the Oasis centre is an outreach of Plymouth Methodist Central Hall and as such it is not a MIND centre. unless that is there is another site called the oasis centre.
Um, the one I was referring to is the one in Greenbank, sounds like were talking about the same place?
 
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Um, the one I was referring to is the one in Greenbank, sounds like were talking about the same place?
Sorry, I had a temporary mind block thet the MIND centre ia also called Oasis. The one I was refering to is just off Union street andyears ago used to be a pub. I believe though that you can get benefits advice there. Reading Richards response it sounds that the Parkside unit will be for MH issues only.

For me, the big frustration is that Plymouth Mental Health services is supposed to be part of 'The Whole Life' projact and is supposed to look at all areas of a persons life includung income, housing, isolation etc. and yet I see no sign of it. I do wonder though if they still go to conferences in different parts of the world.The last CEO who voiced criticism of the poor quality of its service was sumarily sacked. :scared::evil:
 
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