Tag Archives mental health

The first holiday abroad for my brother was a complete success, and a learning curve for all concerned. We went to see our mother and Step Father in Brittany. From helping Adam to pack, as he has spacial awareness issues, to the long wait for the ferry, we overcame each obstacle as it appeared. Living in the moment was very much the…

Most of you will know that my brother has been going through some amazing changes since having a diagnosis of Autism and Schizophrenia nearly two years ago. If you are new to this blog, read about it here. We always knew he was different, but could never get him assessed, as he was always falling through the net and never…

'You just want everything to be pink and fluffy, that's not real life you know.' YES, I do want things to be pink and fluffy. Why wouldn't you want everything to be nice? What is the harm in that? Now, I am realistic, I know world peace is probably a far off dream, and there are people on this planet…

Today was a lesson in patience. One of those moments when you just have to breathe, and step back a little. I haven't seen my brother for a week or two. Trying to back off and see how he managed by himself. Although he has support from Mencap in the block of flats where he lives, he still finds daily…

It's been nearly a year since my brother was admitted to hospital under section 2 of the Mental Health Act. So much has happened since then, having to cut through all the red tape, and then find him somewhere new to live. It has been an eventful time but so rewarding. Today, as the weather has improved, it was time…

I haven't written much about my brother recently, probably because everything is ticking a long quite nicely. This week I have been thinking about his generosity towards others. How he always gives to a homeless person in the street and how he will put his change in a charity box at a till. I see him every couple of weeks,…

'Pixies live in there.' I said pointing to mossy, leaf covered undergrowth. 'What, little pig men?' said my brother. 'What?' 'Pig-zees...... What are they then?' 'Male Faeries' 'Oh.' I couldn't believe I spent the next few minutes explaining what a Pixie looked like and what their role in the eco system was. Bless him. We had been for a walk…

A little update is in order as a few clients have been asking how my brother is getting on. The brief answer is, he is doing very well indeed. Better than we could have imagined! He moved to his new flat three weeks ago and after a period of adjustment, he has begun to settle in really well. Less talk of…

We got it! A new direction for my autistic brother. Funding has been approved! We have waited years for him to get the help he so badly needed but he never scored highly enough on the social care questionnaire. Just one point off would mean he didn't 'qualify' for a social worker. That one point could have been because he…

So the story of my brother continues. I am still seeing him once a week to keep his spirits up while we wait for the funding panel to say YES on Thursday.... Notice what I did there? Positive thoughts and writing will manifest the result! Today, I drove to town to meet him from his bus. The rain was torrential.…

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