A Thank You To My Care Coordinator 

I just wanted to share a thank you card that I made and wrote for my care coordinator – highlighting the true value of dedicated and empathetic mental health workers such as her. Lives are not only changed, but saved by people like her every day.  I made this card for you and saw nothing… Continue reading A Thank You To My Care Coordinator 

The Real Superheroes 

The real superheroes don’t wear capes or masks, there are no lights shone into the sky for them, and their extraordinary achievements don’t get splashed all over the media. The real superheroes save lives, but in ways that go almost unnoticed or are greatly undervalued. They are nurses, doctors, social workers, healthcare assistants, psychologists, teachers,… Continue reading The Real Superheroes 

A Broken Mental Health System Breaking Patients and Staff Alike

​This article is such a devastating read.  ‘As I exit the hospital gates, the nurse mask slips from my face. Tears stream down my cheeks and for the first time in my 10 years of nursing I think: “I don’t think I can do this any more”.’ I always worry about the strains on the amazing… Continue reading A Broken Mental Health System Breaking Patients and Staff Alike

It’s All About the Context in Mental Health Crisis

I was speaking to a wonderful crisis team nurse this evening, who spent 50 minutes talking to me in a state of heightened distress at the end of a working day that she had started 14 hours earlier; she provided me with all I could have hoped for over the phone. We started with how… Continue reading It’s All About the Context in Mental Health Crisis

A Shout Out to Awesome Mental Health Workers

This won’t be a long or eloquent post as I’m in the depths of crisis but I just wanted to send a massive thank you to the dedicated, patient and caring mental health professionals out there. There truly are absolutely gems that do all that they can with the available resources – and more than… Continue reading A Shout Out to Awesome Mental Health Workers

The Shining Stars in Mental Health

There truly are some heroes in mental health, and boy do they deserve more recognition and respect than they get. I cannot begin to describe the impact that just one truly truly caring, talented professional can have on someone who is struggling with their mental health, especially when in the depths of crisis.  I am… Continue reading The Shining Stars in Mental Health

Healing Humour

Earlier today, I accidentally paused the TV on a This Morning segment about Ann Summers when the Crisis Team knocked the door. (Isn’t that an opening sentence you never knew you were itching to read?!) We were writing my care plan and I suddenly spotted the apparently incriminating freeze-frame, instantly curling up in embarrassed laughter… Continue reading Healing Humour

A Quick Word About Positive Mental Health Care

Lately I’ve been a bit moan, moan, moan.  Since Wednesday, I’ve received great care from those in the mental health teams supporting me and I keep trying to draft a post about just how well I’m being looked after but I don’t appear to have the mental capacity or even the words at the moment… Continue reading A Quick Word About Positive Mental Health Care

The Respect Lacking from the Mental Health System

The more that I come into contact with ‘the system’, the more I discover the disturbing and unforgivable lack of respect held for patients. It should be a core tenet of a system looking after human beings that each person is treated with the respect that everyone deserves. If that one aim is not achieved,… Continue reading The Respect Lacking from the Mental Health System