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Hosted by staff nurse John-Barry Waldron, who has worked at St Andrew's Healthcare for 15 years, 'On the Ward' challenges some of the myths and taboos around complex mental illness in the UK today, as it explores what really happens behind the walls of a secure psychiatric hospital.

On the Ward St Andrew's Healthcare

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Hosted by staff nurse John-Barry Waldron, who has worked at St Andrew's Healthcare for 15 years, 'On the Ward' challenges some of the myths and taboos around complex mental illness in the UK today, as it explores what really happens behind the walls of a secure psychiatric hospital.

    Kathleen looks towards her future as she prepares to leave St Andrew's Healthcare

    Kathleen looks towards her future as she prepares to leave St Andrew's Healthcare

    S3 Ep7 ***Trigger warning*** Please be advised this episode contains some key, adult themes such as psychosis, extreme self-harm and discussions around complex mental which some listeners may find triggering. 

    For four years Kathleen has been a patient at St Andrew's Healthcare in Northampton but after receiving treatment for some serious self-harming incidents she is finally ready to move on to her community placement on a farm.
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    S3 : EP6 - Yusuf finds that St Andrew's is nothing like he imagined

    S3 : EP6 - Yusuf finds that St Andrew's is nothing like he imagined

    S3 Ep6 ***Trigger warning*** Please be advised this episode contains some key, adult themes such as psychosis, troubled childhood and discussions around complex mental which some listeners may find triggering. 
    Yusuf came to St Andrew’s Healthcare during the pandemic and was pleasantly surprised to find out it was nothing like the sort of place he had imagined. He now spends his time playing the keyboard, swimming, studying for his maths GCSE and volunteering in a local charity shop. 
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    • 30 min
    S3 : EP5 - Saffron has turned a corner and plans for the future

    S3 : EP5 - Saffron has turned a corner and plans for the future

    S3 Ep5 ***Trigger warning*** Please be advised this episode contains some key, adult themes such as self-harm and eating disorders which some listeners may find triggering.

    Saffron has been in mental health services for a decade, but the 19-year-old has turned a corner while at St Andrew’s Healthcare and is determined this will be her last time in a psychiatric hospital. Now, she is focusing on making plans for the future, which include going to college and training to work within the field of mental health.   
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    • 22 min
    S3 : EP4 Sedona takes us on grounds leave

    S3 : EP4 Sedona takes us on grounds leave

    S3 Ep4 ***Trigger warning*** Please be advised this episode contains some key, adult themes such as self-harm, psychosis, depression which some listeners may find triggering. 
    Sedona keeps busy during her stay at St Andrew’s Healthcare by making up care packages for children who are also staying in hospital. She also has a lot of hobbies such as playing cello, swimming and tennis. During this episode she explains how the procedure behind taking leave from the hospital as an inpatient works.
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    • 22 min
    S3 : EP3 | Mark - autobiographical music therapy

    S3 : EP3 | Mark - autobiographical music therapy

    ***Trigger warning*** Please be advised this episode contains some key, adult themes such as self-harm and depression which some listeners may find triggering. 
    Meet Mark who has been on a recovery journey using autobiographical music therapy during his stay at the secure psychiatric hospital St Andrew’s Healthcare in Essex. During the episode he takes listeners through his record collection, explains how music has helped him and even takes part in a jamming session with his music therapist. 
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    • 14 min
    S3 : EP2 | Julie's bipolar recovery journey

    S3 : EP2 | Julie's bipolar recovery journey

     ***Trigger warning*** Please be advised this episode contains some key, adult themes such as suicide, rapid cycling bipolar, depression and death which some listeners may find triggering. 
    Julie has been a patient at St Andrew’s Healthcare for nearly three years. She has found solace in maintaining the garden there and has become very attached to the mindful activity. However, as the episode moves on, Julie discloses she has been given a community placement elsewhere and she leaves the hospital, saying goodbye to podcast presenter John-Barry Waldron, who has also worked with her during her recovery journey.
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Paraskevas ,

Great Pod

I read about this pod in The Guardian a few weeks ago and have been very pleasantly surprised by how moving it is. It is a great concept (demystifying how the inside of a psychiatric hospital feels to staff and patients) executed brilliantly through interviews. Highly recommended!

chris oreal ,

Excellent

Very well presented, great concept, a gem to discover.

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