Instead of criminalizing or denigrating patients who repeatedly appear to 'drain' mental health services while not showing improvement, how about looking at why services aren't helping?

I know of ways I could've been better assisted in mh treatment, & here's a thread:

-Make sure first that the patient has a safe home with funds for food & hygiene.
-Be very sparing with medication.
-Now you need to listen. Much stabilization can happen if you let a person pour out everything bothering them. Don't comment, just show that you're listening.

-Many people are embarrassed to say that they don't understand money. And employment. And relationships. They get twisted up inside pretending to go along as if they do, so
-workshops for basic & complex life skills might serve some patients better than CBT or DBT.

I'm sure we can all think up life skills parents didn't impart or we didn't learn along the way.

-Many people are shy to talk about chronic conditions that are exhausting or embarrassing (IBS, migraines) & managing those is vital. Do that, knowing each person is different.

-Be very clear, in a kind way, that this hospitalization will last x amt of days, we'll do x, & then you can choose to move onto x or x. Uncertainty or being dropped produces anxiety.
-More centers in communities with safe space for talking, doing, practicing life, plz!

These are my suggestions, based on my decades in mh services. Feel free to make your own, please.

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