Part 2 – What is a mental health nurse?

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Hello, my lovely followers and readers of my blog! I hope you haven’t missed me that much! 😉 

 I hope you are all okay and if you aren’t feeling ok. Just remember that’s it ok not to be ok and I hope you can get the right support you need and if you want to talk please remember that I’m here and the correct charities are here to support you!

If you haven’t seen my recent blog post Part 1 – Let’s start this journey together. Please check it out, my loves! 

So, first off.. I googled what is a mental health nurse to see if my skills matched. I went on to prospects & national careers service!

Which I found this information on prospects website – 

As a mental health nurse, you’ll provide support to people living with various mental health conditions. This can involve helping the patient to recover from their illness or to come to terms with it in order to lead a positive life.

You can specialise in working with certain groups, such as children or older people, or in a specific area such as eating disorders. Work is often carried out in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, GPs, social workers and other health professionals.

You may work with patients in a variety of settings including:

  • their own homes
  • community healthcare centres
  • hospital outpatients departments
  • specialist units
  • secure residential units

Then I googled how do become a mental health nurse. Which led me on the national career service website and I found this piece of information:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course (The road I’m taking next year!) 
  • an apprenticeship
  • a conversion course

Then I went on to google what skills and knowledge and what it would take and what sort of tasks what i would need to know to become a mental health nurse which led me back on to the national career service website and I found this information: 

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your daily duties may include:

  • assessing and supporting patients
  • encouraging patients to take part in role play, art, drama and discussion as therapies
  • physical care, if the patient is too old or ill to look after themselves
  • giving medication

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, at an adult care home, in an NHS or private hospital, at a client’s home, at a GP practice or in a prison.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

 

I hope if you do want to become a mental health nurse just like myself. This helps you just as it helped myself.

Stay tuned for part 3! 

I want to remind you that you are:- 

You are incredible. 

You are loved.

You are amazing. 

You are worth it.  

You are valued. 

You are wanted and needed. 

Please join the family and let’s spread awareness and end stigma what is attached to mental health and mental illness and start this journey together! 

Till next time! 

With lots of love!

Shannon Diana xx

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Mental illness isn’t going to get the last laugh. I am

I fight for my health and for other people’s health every single day in a way most people won’t understand, we aren’t lazy. We are warriors! 

If you don’t feel like talking to yet, I’ll always be here and I’ll help out any way I can. You aren’t alone. 

I know how it feels to be pushed aside. But listen, you are amazing and I’m proud of you so much. 

Just so you know, it’s okay not to be okay you know, even the happiest person in the universe has their bad days. You can get through this dark hole. I believe in you. 

You are loved. You are worth the fight. You are more than your illnesses, you can fight this I believe in you. You are flawless. You are fabulous. You aren’t alone. You are amazing and I’m proud of you all. 

You can beat these thoughts. I believe in you. I will always be there for you even if it’s on the internet or email or even in person one day.  You are loved. You are needed in this world because you are YOU. You are badass for battling mental illness daily. I care about every single one of you. You are more than enough. You don’t need to please anyone else.

Here is some numbers to contact if you are experiencing a mental health crisis: 

Samaritans- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week: 

Call this number – 116 123 

Email address is Jo@samaritans.org 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men!  5pm to midnight every day.

Call this number: 0800 58 58 58 

Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat

Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm. 

Phone number: 0800 068 41 41 

Text Number: 07786 209697

Email: Pat@papyrus-uk.org

Childline- For children and young people under 19. 

Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill) 

The Silver Line- For older people 

Call: 0800 4 70 80 90 

In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433

In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14

In other countries- Visit ISAP OR Suicide.org to find a helpline in your country. 

Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK: 

  1. Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment. 
  2. Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need. 
  3. Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one. 

If you would like to contact me for PR or any collaborations or even support if you are going through a bad time. Please follow my social media accounts and email me.

Instagram- @Shannondianaxx  

Twitter- @SDianaax 

Email- ShannonDianax@outlook.com

Facebook Page- Mental Health & My Life

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