Critical Psychiatry, Health and Social Care, Interprofessional Collaboration, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Person Centred Care, Psychiatric medication, Recovery, Social Media

Medication Twitter chat 23/8 8pm onwards #bipolaretaeusmeds

The topic of psychiatric medication has been on my list of 'blogs to write' for a long time given it's been such a huge part of psychiatric treatment in services for decades and still remains one of the top issues of debated. Instead of just leaping in with it, having observed and taken part in… Continue reading Medication Twitter chat 23/8 8pm onwards #bipolaretaeusmeds

Grief, Hope, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, Self esteem

Working with Families and Informal Carers

This blog post is related to another paper I wrote as part of my mental health nursing degree submissions. It was a 'choice' module and I chose it because, well, I feel very very strongly about not only patient involvement but the involvement of family and/or informal carers who often get left out. I should… Continue reading Working with Families and Informal Carers

Hope, Inspirational, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Recovery, Self esteem, Suicide, University

Never doubt your ability to succeed in your dreams…

Hold onto self-worth & positivity as much as you can for so many experiences, good and bad, can lead to great things. BELIEVE in yourself!! This is taken from elsewhere that I thought was inspiring: At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. At age 24, Stephen King was working as a… Continue reading Never doubt your ability to succeed in your dreams…

Hope, Inspirational, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery

Individual Mental Health ‘recovery’ – what does it mean for us (including professional and our issues) & what do we do?

I’m writing this in attempt to give us who battle mental illness some hope. It stems from my insight over the years from coping with trauma, 3 suicide attempts, a diagnosis of Bipolar (type 1), ADHD and what to expect through understanding what’s what in the business of mental illness. This is a hugely relevant… Continue reading Individual Mental Health ‘recovery’ – what does it mean for us (including professional and our issues) & what do we do?

ADHD, Bipolar, Grief, Hope, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, Social Media, Suicide

TRIGGER: Suicide attempt at weekend and making sense of it.

To say I'm very disappointed is an absolute understatement. Devastated. I haven't tried to take my own life for a few years now and thought all was in control, however this weekend it all exploded and I ended up in A&E for emergency physical treatment. **** I have decided to take out the explicit content originally… Continue reading TRIGGER: Suicide attempt at weekend and making sense of it.

Hope, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery

Mental health treatment perspectives. From the medical model to recovery approaches and individual empowerment.

This topic interests me greatly from all of my perspectives - as service user, carer and nurse. One of our final modules at university was around mental health recovery. I thought I'd share my submission as you may find it thought provoking and it would be interesting to hear your views?  It's based on research I… Continue reading Mental health treatment perspectives. From the medical model to recovery approaches and individual empowerment.

Inspirational, Mental Health, Recovery, Suicide

Allie Brosh – On depression and life. Brilliant blogger and writer.

I just want to dedicate a blog post to the fabulous Allie Brosh. Her blog is here Many of you may have heard of her - she's pretty well known and funny as hell. The drawing in the featured image is hers and she draws like this throughout her content. If you ever want the best… Continue reading Allie Brosh – On depression and life. Brilliant blogger and writer.

Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, Suicide

Depression ‘advice’….

People with depression (or any mental illness for that matter) need to be heard. Whilst a variety of symptoms are collectively shared, people are individuals. How they experience depression is individual. Blanket advice will not, therefore, help everyone. At least not in the most severe cases. This is the most important thought to keep in… Continue reading Depression ‘advice’….

ADHD, Bipolar, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, University

My journey through uni and a bloody bipolar diagnosis….

Well here I am now in 2017 aiming to pick up the blog that never was... oppsie! This is the thing I have trouble with a lot - starting things and not finishing them. Much has happened since I wrote my first post in 2013. At that time I was forced (by myself) to take… Continue reading My journey through uni and a bloody bipolar diagnosis….