This short section of my psychiatry memoir includes only two poems, but to me they were important realizations and still seem appropriate to highlight.
When I undertook my training as a psychiatric nurse (which was completed in the early 1980’s) no-one could have predicted the changes that would shortly revolutionize the industry of mental illness care through closure of institutions and establishment of new wave services – smaller services, more immediate, in your own home, part of normal general hospitals, and so on.
Now, in hindsight, we can look back and evaluate successes and failures, but back in the 1980’s we had no idea.
I won’t be including any supplementary notes for these or later poems, but am happy to respond through comments to any questions or thoughts. Hope you enjoy the pieces.
The section begins here.