Broken Leg? Take a Hike
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You've just fallen down the stairs. Your leg is broken. You phone 999 and paramedics arrive. They eyeball your bone protruding through your skin, shrug and say, “go to A&E; it's about 2-miles.” And then they leave!
References to Mental Illness, References to Sexual Abuse, References to Suicide/Self Harm, References to Violence, Swearing.
Sounds absurd, doesn't it? And yet, this is how we treat people in critical mental distress. 'Broken Leg? Take a Hike' is a suicidal woman's visceral account about reaching out to the NHS for help and being repeatedly turned away. She also explores the neurobiology that shuts down a mentally ill person's ability to communicate, which makes turning them away tragic.