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Posted on Jul 12 2022 by Fiona Bailey

A young woman undergoing psychiatric treatment, who spends her free playing cello and putting care packages together for poorly children, has taken part in the next Word from the Ward podcast.

Sedona, who was first sectioned when she was just 15 years old, spoke to presenter John Barry Waldron about how she fills her time while undergoing treatment at St Andrew’s Healthcare.

In the fourth episode of the third series, which has been released on Tuesday, July 12, she described what she gets up to when not undergoing intensive therapy and treatment: “I go swimming once a week, I go to the gym. I sometimes go to the tennis court to practice my serves and I cook lunch for myself once a week. There’s quite a lot of things that I do here – and I also play cello so I have cello lessons.”

During the podcast, she explains how she ended up being treated for complex mental health around the age of 15.

She said: “I was struggling with psychosis then and I was sectioned and put in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) unit. I can’t remember a huge amount about that time as it was a while ago and obviously I was unwell but I had a lot of confusion and delusion about my position in the world.”

Now she is feeling far more in control and has put that down the “rapport and relationship” she has with staff at St Andrew’s Healthcare. She’s wants to pass on that kindness, and in her spare time she creates car packages for poorly children.

She explained: “I like putting care packages together for children who are in hospital. It keeps me busy and it’s helping other people which helps me.”

Sedona funds the packages - that include items such as stress toys, self-soothe products, soaps and packs of cards – via a fundraising page.

On the Ward can be found in all the usual places where podcasts are played.