Ratish’s Story

When we first met Ratish
Ratish* was first admitted into psychiatric care in his early 20’s with schizophrenia, following a drug-induced psychotic episode. After almost two decades of repeat admissions his violent episodes had become increasingly frequent. He had gradually withdrawn from life and was increasingly isolated. His schizophrenia was increasingly drug-resistant and he had no clear signs of improvement with his last provider of seven years. He was completely unwilling to engage with professionals.

Ratish’s care
Staff worked to re-establish Ratish’s trust in treatment professionals, working with him to challenge his social anxiety and build his confidence and personal interests. We followed a targeted plan to meet his rehabilitation needs, which took into account the Commissioner’s views towards Ratish’s recovery. Balancing medication with a process of therapeutic optimism, staff helped Ratish achieve a greater level of confidence and to re-engage with his family.

Today
After 20 months at Churchill, Ratish has made a huge improvement, with no more violent episodes. He is established on Clozapine and there has been a huge reduction in distressing symptoms. He is in his final phase of rehabilitation, preparing for supported housing. His home care team commented: “He’s better than he has ever been. He’s calmer and he engages with people.”

What’s the future like for Ratish?
Ratish is working hard to re-establish rapport with his family and has even become an advocate for Churchill. His mother said the change has been remarkable: “In all these years, this is the first time he has asked about his family. I am so happy that my son is coming back to me.”

*Service user’s name has been changed to protect his identity

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