Tree of hope

Today  I  visited a friend in  a psychiatric unit :  One  wall  was  decorated  with  the  Tree of Hope  logo. This  is  what I  saw  and  felt.

Tree of hope
Is this a joke
Lost souls wandering
Bored staff pondering.

Angry women strutting
Locked door are shutting
Tempers are  fraying.
Any point in praying.

One  step forward three back .

Covers for  the care  they lack.

Man shouting  he needs  his phone

His  eyes  ask will he find his way home

Tree of hope
Is this a joke
Lost souls wandering
Bored staff pondering.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DailyMusings
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 20:05:37

    Both images are beautiful- and I suppose it is important not to lose hope when faced with what seems like an unending uphill battle. I hope your friend finds a place of peace within


  2. TanGental
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 21:02:34

    Grim reality captured with stiletto sharp poetry


  3. gigoid
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 21:24:09

    Good work on the poem; it saddens me, as I used to be a psychiatric technician at California state mental hospitals.

    When the staff is overworked, underpaid, and poorly supported, the patients suffer as well… Most of the people who work in psych units are good people, overwhelmed. Some are just not very good at it, or are of the ilk who don’t want to have to work at all…. much like the aides and poorly trained young people they’re putting to work in hospitals and medical clinics now to save $$. The good places , private institutions for those with a lot of gelt, or some of the state facilities with some experienced, well-trained staff, can be uplifting to see; the bad ones, such as what you seem to be seeing there, are hellholes… and nobody deserves that….

    As you see, makes me want to rant, as it is all because those in power have no time, energy, or interest in spending money to help the poor,whom they have created with their avarice,, and the vulnerable in society, such as the mentally ill…


    Sorry, gets me going, it does…



    • willowdot21
      Aug 11, 2015 @ 21:53:11

      Never be sorry I agree with every word you have said . My blood was boiling today as I watched things broiling up and saw what looked like apathy from the staff… in fact I found it hard to work out who were staff and who were patients , apart from name badges of staff I could not differentiate! Yes medicine and especially psychiatric medicine has it’s two sides the haves and the have nots, the blessed and the not blessed!! I too can rant!!


  4. Paul
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 23:58:13

    Willow, mental illness is seriously underfunded, ignored and treated as if it is not an illness. It is the same here. You know daily there are mentally ill who are processed by our courts and placed in prison when they need help? The problem is so acute here that they are training prison guards how to deal with the mentally ill. It has always been stigmatized and treated as the poor brother of physical illness. It is society’s “don’t ask and don’t tell” subject. And that is wrong.


  5. Brenda Davis Harsham
    Aug 12, 2015 @ 02:38:47

    Mental health care is mostly still in the dark ages. We need an Age of Enlightenment to open doors for us to really care for each other. To form connections and find healing, a better chemical balance. Our self-worth and our valuation of others should not hinge entirely on productivity or bank balance.


  6. socialbridge
    Aug 12, 2015 @ 07:26:12

    Willow, what a dark place, in every sense.
    I’ve seen excellent and no so excellent psyciatric units here. I think the staff can be the difference. No point having beautiful building if it lacks humanity and deep-seated care.


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