Jorvi Hospital

Name of Hospital: Jorvi Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland

Number of Stars: 4.5

Comment: I went to Jorvi on my own in a brief moment of clarity between depressive periods. I was immediately admitted when I explained I’m afraid I’ll hurt myself in an anxious meltdown soon. One other patient had a visit from her dad, but I don’t know about non-family visits. I could ask to leave at any time, although it had to be reasoned, except if only for a walk. When I still felt manageable I was allowed to take some things from home, like my hormonal medication. They were inspected by the nurses, who in general were very nice. I felt safe, mostly because interaction with other patients was not obligatory. I was allowed to use my phone and 3G internet. The common space had board games, books and a TV.

There were group meals and such, however I was allowed to leave my room to eat after everyone else was done. The food itself was a small to moderate issue for me as I have many allergies, intolerances and sensory aversions: mention yours upon admittance, not when you start starving, and hope they respect it. I did not manage to get replacement meals during my week stay, and just ate what I could.

When the meltdown I predicted happened, I was found in my room by one of the nurses, who managed the situation very professionally. On the next day I had a conversation with a head nurse or a psychiatrist, and since the worst has passed I could leave. I was given several anti-anxiety drugs during my stay, one after another, until I ended up getting something that worked and wasn’t causing unacceptable side effects. The clinic helped me with these also a couple days after I left. There wasn’t much therapy otherwise.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: transgender woman

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