By msizziec - United Kingdom - Tiverton
Today, I got a concussion at work. Our resident schizophrenic decided to test how gravity worked by dropping a torch over the bannister directly onto my head. I'm still seeing stars. FML
msizziec tells us more :
Hello, OP here! I work in a mental health and learning disability care home, so when I say resident I mean in the sense they live there. He's normally absolutely lovely, very quiet and calm, however something clearly snapped that day. I'll never know whether it was on purpose or not unfortunately! It was only a small torch (flashlight) but it was dropped about 10 ft directly onto my temple which was incredible aim if nothing else. It's not a locked unit so he's allowed stuff like that, however I did "misplace" it after the incident. A trip to the hospital emergency department after my shift proved there's no long lasting damage other than a mild concussion. After that though I've kept my distance from him... just in case!
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  MariaGiovanni  |  25

#9 ummm mental illness has nothing to do with it. of course they deserve to have their "rights to act stupid" "infringed" upon if said rights are putting people in danger! Today concussion, tomorrow head cracked open.

  GeorgiaBea  |  28

Most likely OP works in a residential treatment facility or group home. Having worked at both, I can assure you and stuff like this happens a lot. I have been hit, kicked, pushed, berated, spit on, and I'm sure stuff I have blocked out. It is the nature of the job.

  GeorgiaBea  |  28

@#80: hahahahahah, it's a little different when you work with emotionally disturbed kids... The it isn't so much fun. Or the guy who tired to pull me into the shower I was helping with... Good thing I don't melt!

  writerchic85  |  25

Never heard of a psych ward that gives patients things they can hurt each other with. Also seems weird there was a bannister he could drop something over because that would be a risk of patients jumping or falling.

  DataWog  |  29

Yeah, when my GF was in the hospital they were totally restricted... the roof garden they smoked in had 10ft walls to prevent jumping, I can't imagine a psych ward worth their credentials would allow an unsupervised patient into the stairwell. Dollars to donuts the doors need to be unlocked with a pass card/security code.