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, 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

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…

Bipolar Mixed Episode

TRIGGER: Reality of a manic episode with mixed features…

Before this most recent severe depression (and lesser episodes/cycling in between) I had a manic episode with mixed features which landed me my first acute admission to a psychiatric hospital. It was the most terrifying moment of my life. I'd never had one before and it came on with no warning like a light switch had been… Continue reading TRIGGER: Reality of a manic episode with mixed features…

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….