As an ex mental health nurse and ward manager and as someone who’s experienced mental illness, I remain extremely passionate about raising mental health awareness and fighting the stigma, the social exclusion and discrimination that come 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’m a determined advocate of mental illness and I’d love you to share this journey with me, getting our message out there, telling our governments and current services what we need. Shouting out about mental illness, encouraging 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 also like to share with you some fascinating and inspiring but often distressing and disturbing insights into mental health nursing — raw and honest writing about the things many people don’t know or don’t want to know.

I’ll be writing about my nursing practice, whispering secrets about my days on the wards and in various mental health setting — together with my parallel life experiences; overcoming child sexual abuse, domestic violence my mental illness, wellness and recovery.

You’ll learn about hope and recovery when you follow my journey through a psychotic depression which occurred prior to and was the reason for 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 many resources; tips on how to deal with some of the most common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks. There’s posts on how to develop your verbal communication and active listening skills, together with useful mental health contacts.

You can read about:

  • the mental illness myths and facts
  • many of the fantastic mental health patients I’ve nursed over the years (all details have been changed and fictitious name 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 and here

You’ll find out what actually happens on busy, over-stretched wards in London, reading excerpts from my fifteen annual diaries; yes I’ve kept them and I can’t part with them.

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

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.

Disclaimer: I no longer work as as nurse and do not claim to treat mental illness. I am simply providing information to help people navigate their illness and available services. The information contained in my posts are 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 for an immediate response.