The aim of my blog is to share with you some fascinating and inspiring but often distressful and disturbing insights into mental health nursing. You’ll hear about many of the patients I’ve nursed over the years, colleagues I’ve worked with (location, wards and all names changed to protect privacy and any likeness is purely coincidental), tales of despondency in both staff and patients and much about poor working practices that I’ve had the misfortune to witness. Hard to read at times but a must for all nursing staff including general nurses, midwives and students.
Lots of amusing stories too, not laughing at patients but the side-splitting laughter I’ve shared with them. I’ve laughed and cried with many a patient.
I’ll reveal what actually happens on busy, over-stretched wards in London, using excerpts from my fifteen annual diaries; yes I’ve kept them and I can’t part with them.
“Absence of disease is “NOT” good health.”
― Joseph Rain
According to the the World Health organisation mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
With one in four people diagnosed as having a mental health disorder, that’s a lot of people worldwide who cannot cope, cannot work and cannot make a contribution to their community. And that’s only the people who have a diagnosis. What about those that haven’t sought professional help and haven’t been given a diagnosis? People that use drugs or alcohol, for example, or the homeless who, because they have no home address, often don’t have access to primary care i.e. GP’s.
With figures so high, it’s reasonable to think that most of us know someone with a mental health diagnosis. However, we may be unaware as many people shy away from discussing mental illness in the way they wouldn’t about a physical problem. Mental ill-health is also less easy to detect, you can’t always see it.
Do you know someone with a mental health problem?