By Jennifer Springham, @jlspringham2
Joint Appointment: Lecturer in Mental Health and Practice Development Lead,
My Care Academy.
Like many others, I have struggled with persistent anxiety on the back of stressful life events. I felt ashamed of this, and very often I thought that I wasn’t a good enough be a mental health nurse for feeling the way that I did. Nevertheless, with time, treatment, determination, lifestyle changes, and support from the people that really matter to me, I am able to look back and see how far I have come. Not just in a recovery sense but also in my career. If someone had told me back then that I would be a university lecturer teaching the mental health nurses of the future, I would not have believed them.
Some people who work in mental health have opened up about their experiences of mental illness. Dr. Eleanor Longdon talks about her experience of Psychosis in a very interesting Ted Talk video. Dr. Linda Gask reflects on herpodcast. Honest conversations like these are so important and seek to reduce the stigma of mental illness among professionals.