Bring my son Stephen home & care for him in our community #bringstephenhome
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My son Stephen is 19 years old. I love him to bits but right now I am desperately worried for him.
He has autism and finds it hard to communicate. For over a year now he has been living in a unit at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from our home in London.
He has learning difficulties but he is being kept under the mental health act at a psychiatric unit, with patients much older and with a range of different conditions.
He has the sweetest smile but since he has been there I haven’t seen it once. It's not the right place for him - even his consultant agrees he should not be on the mental health register and should be moved somewhere more suitable.
We have to travel miles each weekend to see him and sometimes we only see him for a few minutes, sometimes we travel all the way to see him, only to be told that we are not allowed a visit. And other times he has been put on so many drugs he just falls asleep. It's is heartbreaking to have to leave Stephen there. He is covered in bruises and has gashes all over his head from where he has hit himself from being anxious.
Right now the local authority is reviewing where to place Stephen. They want to move him to another hospital in Colchester but that won't solve anything.
We want Stephen to have a better quality of life; to be able to spend time outdoors, to be around his family more often. Ideally we want Stephen to live with us as a family with the support of carers. He should also be taken off the the mental health register, so he has more freedom for how he lives his life.
Other families who have loved ones with autism have successfully fought to have them live in homes with specialist carers near loved ones. And the Government made promises that people with autism and other learning difficulties should be cared for in their communities with the help of their families but this promise is being broken for Stephen.
Stephen is being let down by the institutions that are meant to be caring for him - locked up in a hospital and lost to a system that wants to tick boxes instead of care for my son.
Stephen deserves to be allowed to live a life in safe place with carers who understand his needs and surrounded by people that love him.
Please sign my petition and help my family but most of all help my son.
- Islingon Manager LD
Sue Powell Simon Stevens NHS CEO (Islingon Manager LD)
- Simon Stevens NHS England. Sw1 A2ns
Nhs islington NHS England Simon Stevens
- Director of services
Simon Galczynski .... Simon Stevens NHS England.
- Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
David Cameron MP
- Labour Party Leader
I'm calling for NHS islington NHS England ; islington Social services to bring my son closer to our family home, Now that Stephen was moved to Colchester, and having progress. I know would ask all involved including new parliament in May, new minister or Same Minster. David Cameron. Edd Miliband. Et All. Please give your out must attention to autism and our children in mental institutions. Please no more broken promises and broken homes. Keep our children home with us. Help us mums and dads to keek our children within the family. With the right care service. I NOW asking. Islington social services and housing services. Move us my my children my son Stephen my self to a bigger more appropriate home so Steohen can live with me his mum sister and little brother....he belongs with me, we need more space and an inviroment that will cater for my sons needs and space for his 24;7 carers. That's my wish to, NHS England and government and social services spending an absurd of money to pay for my son and all the young people 3000 of them around the country. When is cheaper to have the care at their homes with their families. It does not take a maths graduate to know, it makes sense. So dear MPs, don't forget our autistic children. No more winterbourne abuses or neglect. Thank you.
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