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?

Bipolar, Mental Health, Suicide

Poem – Bipolar please leave us be

A poem I just wrote on my feelings of the effects of bipolar on my loved ones and my life. I don't see it as a blessing. It's devastating. Bipolar please set us free. Countless times I've rebuilt my life Bipolar please leave us be You creep back in unexpected, uninvited Battles for all to… Continue reading Poem – Bipolar please leave us be

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

Memories…. evoking strong feelings. Inspiration to continue nurse training…

I've been going through my keep sake box to find something and found 2 cards from my dear friend Amy (see last post - no longer with us). I hope not to bore anyone but I'm letting stuff out here - grief and memories and inspiration. So.... everyone encouraged me along the path of mental health nursing… Continue reading Memories…. evoking strong feelings. Inspiration to continue nurse training…

Grief

My old dog is dying

It's 3am as I start to write this and I cannot and do not want to sleep.  I just have to type and get it out.  Apologies if this post is boring.  It may serve to help me in the future to look back and definitely get stuff out of my head now. My old… Continue reading My old dog is dying

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’….