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

Critical Psychiatry, Health and Social Care, Interprofessional Collaboration, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Person Centred Care, Social Media, University

The Importance of Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care for Effective Person Centred Care.

As you'll all know, I'm keen to improve patient care due to my role as a nurse and as a patient myself. Having experienced and been on the receiving end of some quite frankly poor, even dangerous care/services, I feel that many of these serious issues can and should be paid more attention for change.… Continue reading The Importance of Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care for Effective Person Centred Care.

Mental Health

Time for better handovers in healthcare… still. What does the evidence say?

This blog piece will be padded out more in due course but am uploading now at the request of a dear social media friend (who I encourage you to follow) - @m4delen ... This came about following her tweet on patient involvement during handovers within inpatient care. See here. I was asked to put up… Continue reading Time for better handovers in healthcare… still. What does the evidence say?

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

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.

Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Social Media

Social media followers upset?

Firstly, I appreciate all my followers especially as my twitter, instagram and blog here are open to view by anyone... Thank you 🙂 A majority of the time I follow back if relevant, interesting etc (not ones based on boobs and gym goers etc - porn type stuff - you probably know what I mean… Continue reading Social media followers upset?

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.

Bipolar, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Suicide

TRIGGER: Deciding to live is a very difficult thing….

The following writing is a journal entry I wrote at 4am during a crisis in 2014.  It transpired I was experiencing a mixed episode diagnosed very soon after this in hospital (I've already blogged about it here). I thought I'd posted this already, just realised I hadn't, so thought I would. I find it strange reading… Continue reading TRIGGER: Deciding to live is a very difficult thing….

Bipolar, Hypomania, Mania, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Tales of Bipolar Hypomania/Mania

The point of this post is to provide some insight into some of my bipolar high antics (hypomania/mania), including spending sprees and behaviour (at home and in hospital) that I can now laugh at. They were the pleasurable highs at the time. Important to note: I'm in no way trivialising Bipolar. It has nearly killed… Continue reading Tales of Bipolar Hypomania/Mania