The aim of my blog is to share with you some fascinating and inspiring but often distressing and disturbing insights into mental health nursing — raw and honest writing about the things many people don’t know, or don’t want to know.

You’ll learn about hope and recovery when you follow my journey through a psychotic depression which occurred prior to, and was the reason for, me training to become a mental health nurse.

You’ll find information about the various mental health disorders and tips to help relieve anxiety, panic attacks and stress for you or someone you know.

You can read about:

  • the mental illness myths and facts
  • many of the fantastic mental health patients I’ve nursed over the years (all details have been changed and fictitious name have been used) 
  • the amusing stories too, not laughing at patients but the side-splitting laughter I’ve shared with patients and colleagues. I’ve laughed and cried with many a patient
  • some of the amazing colleagues I’ve worked with and some of the worst (location, wards and all names changed to protect privacy and any likeness is purely coincidental)
  • the tales of despondency in both staff and patients and much about the poor working practices I’ve had the misfortune to witness

You’ll find out what actually happens on busy, over-stretched wards in London, reading excerpts from my fifteen annual diaries; yes I’ve kept them and I can’t part with them.

Hard to read at times but a must for all nursing staff including general nurses, midwives and students. Moreover, psychiatrist and junior doctors could learn a thing or two from a mental health nurse and ward manager.


To use this blog effectively, you can click on Categories (chronological order) or type the topic name you want to find i.e. Psychosis into search and any posts that have the word Psychosis in them will appear.


Disclaimer: The information contained in my posts are for information only. If you require help with mental health concerns I can signpost you towards professional support.