EMPOWERMENT WITH NATALIE SUZANNE

Ok, so I’m super thrilled to be doing a guest blog for Kayleigh on her amazing page. I stumbled across Kayleigh’s blog when there was an article in our local newspaper which highlighted her Mental Health Blogs. Being a sufferer of quite severe panic disorder I decided to check out her page to see if…

BURNOUT

Even the most resilient of people experience stress at different points of their lives. At times things may become so stressful that you become completely drained as well as physically and mentally exhausted. This is otherwise known as ‘burnout’- a term I’ve discovered during study is often associated with nursing (but can happen as a…

HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY

OK so I’ve kinda click-baited you here. If I knew the formula of overcoming anxiety I’d be a millionaire. But wait. There are some things I can help with. Let’s start at the very beginning…

SURVIVING NIGHT SHIFTS AS A NURSE

Can you believe it’s already March?! This year has gone by so quickly already including, believe it or not, the month of night shifts I was dreading. As a student, night shifts lead me to being a walking, barely talking, zombie with no social life. Over a year later and this is what I imagined…

WHY I LOVE BEING A MENTAL HEALTH NURSE

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”- Steve Jobs. I feel lucky to be able to say that I genuinely love what I do. ‘Great work’ means something different to everyone. To me, I see great  work in a lot of things- but feel the most pride when I am nursing. Mental Health Nursing in particular. In honour of the very  first Mental Health Nurses Day which took place on the 21st February-…

IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THESE TED TALKS- YOU’RE MISSING OUT

For anyone who doesn’t already know and appreciate the fascinating videos from TED- you’re in for a treat! In just 15 minutes (on average) these videos can give you the confidence to achieve your goals, the motivation to do what you’ve always wanted to do and the ability to understand other people’s perspectives- challenging our…

A ‘TIME TO TALK DAY’ CHALLENGE

It’s that time of year again! Time to Talk Day  in collaboration with ‘Time to Change’ the biggest UK campaign to challenge Mental Health Stigma. This day encourages everyone to talk about Mental Health- whether you’re at work, at home with the family or relaxing on your own (get online!). ‘Time to Change’ have provided…

HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Tomorrow marks the start of Children’s Mental Health Week 2019. This week was established by Place2be (a charity raising awareness of children’s mental health) in 2015. The work they do is so important as many people don’t realise that as many as 1 in 10 young people have a mental health problem and half of…

REVISITING DIAGNOSIS’

Let’s talk about diagnosis’. On 20th January I was sat in my car, shivering after scraping my window with an old CD case (sorry Ministry of Sound 2014) and listening to Radio 1. Sound clips of grateful members of the public thanking Love Island star, Chris Hughes, for his appearance on hit TV show ‘This…

COULD YOU BE A DEMENTIA FRIEND?

It’s World Alzheimer’s Day. It takes place on the 21st September every single year. A day to unite the Nation against Dementia, raise awareness and work together to overcome barriers and struggles that people with Dementia may face daily. There are over 50 million people world wide living with Dementia. This day encourages us to…