Raising awareness for mental health

Stamp out stigma
Raising awareness for mental health

I was mental health nurse and ward manager, and I’ve experienced both personal and familial mental illness. Hence, I remain extremely passionate about raising mental health awareness. Moreover, I will continue to fight the stigma, social exclusion, and discrimination that comes with it.

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

– Mother Teresa

I’d love you to share this journey with me. Let’s get our message out there, and tell our MPs, governments, leaders, and current service providers what we need. Shout out about mental illness, and encourage others to talk about their mental health. Let’s all open up, reach out, and fight to get the right treatment and support we need and deserve.

I’d like to share with you some fascinating and inspiring but often distressing and disturbing insights into mental health nursing. Read raw and honest writings about the things many people don’t know or don’t really want to know.

Secrets from the mental health wards

Mental illness and negative feelings

I’ll write about nursing practice, whispering secrets about my days on the wards and in various mental health settings. I’ll share my parallel life experiences; overcoming childhood sexual abuse, bullying, domestic violence, my own mental illness, recovery, and wellness.

You’ll learn about hope and recovery when you follow my journey through a psychotic depression. This occurred prior to and was the reason for my training to become a mental health nurse.

“Mental illness doesn’t have to take over your life, it doesn’t have to define you as a person, it’s just important that you ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness.”

 — Demi Lovato

You’ll find resources; tips on how to deal with some of the most common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and panic attacks. Maybe you want to learn how to reduce your own anxiety or control your panic attacks. Or even improve your verbal communication and active listening skills. And then there are some useful mental health contacts you might need for yourself, family, or friends.

You can read about

Don’t forget; mental illness can happen to anyone
  • the mental illness myths and facts
  • many of the fantastic mental health patients I’ve nursed over the years (all personal details such as names and ward names, have been changed and fictitious names have been used) 
  • the amusing stories too, not laughing at patients but the side-splitting laughter I’ve shared with patients and colleagues. I’ve laughed and cried with many a patient
  • some of the amazing colleagues I’ve worked with and some of the worst (location, wards, and all names changed to protect privacy, and any likeness is purely coincidental)
  • the tales of despondency in both staff and patients and much about the poor working practices I’ve had the misfortune to witness
  •  my story here.

You’ll find out what actually happens

on busy, over-stretched wards in London, by reading excerpts from my fifteen annual diaries; yes, I’ve kept them and I can’t part with them. They hold so many precious memories. But they also include some of my toughest days within the mental health environment.

Hard to read at times but a must for all nursing staff — including general nurses, midwives, and students. Moreover, psychiatrists and junior doctors could learn a thing or two from mental health nurses and some ward managers.

I hope that anyone who’s experienced, or thinks they might be experiencing mental illness will take something positive from my blog.

“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.”

– Russell Wilson

To use this blog effectively, you can click on Categories (chronological order) or type the topic name you want to find i.e. Psychosis into search and any posts that have the word Psychosis in them will appear.


I no longer work as a mental health nurse and do not claim to treat anyone with mental illness. I am simply providing information to help people navigate their way through mental illness and available services. The information contained in my posts is for information only. If you require help with mental health concerns I can signpost you towards professional support.

In the meantime, if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, please contact your GP. or please call 999 (UK) for an immediate response.

Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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