Today’s post was to be titled ‘Red Mist‘ owing to recent interactions with Southern Health and others in the last two weeks.
At the last minute, we came across a much needed ‘good news’ story. (‘Red mist‘ follows.)
It is the heartwarming story of Chris Ryder (@CWRyder), lifelong supporter of Barnsley Football Club, who tweeted about his “anxiety, stress and depression” on 8 August. He then shared an image of a letter he received from the Club’s Chief Executive, Gauthier Ganaye (@GGanaye), who opened with an apology for writing at random and wrote:
“I felt like I wanted to reach out to you and get in touch.
“I’ve noticed through social media that you’ve had a bit of a hard time recently, I’m not sure what it is but I hope everything improves for you as soon as possible.
“You’ve been a fan of the club for many years and always supported us, so we want you to know that if the favour needs returning and we need to support you, please do let us know.”
“You are welcome to swing by any time. My office door is always open….”
Having urged Chris to contact MIND, if he needs to, Gauthier closed:
“Keep supporting the Reds, Chris. We’ll keep supporting you.”
When the letter went viral, a spokesperson for the club told HuffPost UK:
“We feel that every comment we could make is in the letter, other than that obviously the door is open to anybody in the community [bold added] that needs us.”
Has anyone received such a kind, empathetic and sympathetic open invitation from a Southern Health Director – or a Director of any NHS organisation – much less an “open door” to anybody in the community who needs their organisation?
Gaultier was the youngest Chief Executive in the football league when he was appointed to the role at Barnsley FC in May 2017, at the age of 29. Before that, he was on the executive committee for French team Racing Club de Lens.
MONSIEUR GANAYE: Southern Health is currently recruiting Non-Executive Directors. Its service users and bereaved families need your empathy and understanding – even more so to ‘balance’ its Board with Directors with experience of the ‘real [commercial] world.’
Other like-minded, experienced persons should also apply!