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Mental Health Awareness Month - page 3

Raise your hands: How many Allnurses.com readers know that in addition to mothers and deceased war veterans, the month of May is dedicated to mental health awareness? Give yourself a gold star for... Read More

  1. Visit  Alisonisayoshi profile page
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    Quote from Chixie
    *holds hands up*

    I have mental health issues, and i have had two major breakdowns in the past two years. At the moment its been classified as 'depression' and 'anxiety' but im wondering if there is something else in there.I feel ashamed and the people who are supposed to understand and care, do not. At least 75% of the patients we care for on our ward have some form of dementia so you would think that the nurses on the ward would have a little compassion for one of their own with mental health problems.After the nurse who committed suicide due to the information leak about the royal family it was horrendous on the ward as it was constantly being discussed using derogative terms and i felt dirty. If this is what they were saying about that nurse then what must they think about me who was admitted to her own hospital and appeared on the admission system with exactly what she was admitted with.

    No support from my manager and when i mentioned about coming back from maternity leave was met with the comment 'we cant be dealing with you having another break down, things are busy enough as it is'. Im sitting here half way though my maternity leave and im feeling guilty for leaving the ward short staffed, wondering if me going back early would help them and then im met with the above comment. I do my job to the best of my ability, i give 100% and i mentally beat myself up when i miss or forget things just like other nurses. But i could do with some support when things arent going well for me, please dont belittle me or make comments about me, a little support, a kind word, hell even just speaking to me helps. Mental illness isnt contagious, so dont avoid me when im down.

    Im still me.
    I'm still me too! I LOVE that. Don't ever feel ashamed. I have diabetes as well as an eating disorder. Neither of things is any less of a real condition than the other.
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  2. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I've dug up this old thread from a year ago because we are entering May, which is once again National Mental Health Awareness Month.

    Last year, members with different types of mental health conditions wrote some impressive articles and started threads about this topic, which has once again been brought out of the closet by the media, which is all too quick to point to MI for mass killings and gun crimes.....often without a shred of evidence that the perpetrators have (or had) a psych history. It is my hope that we can reopen the dialogue we started last spring, and give some of our members with mental health issues another chance to educate the rest of us about what they face every day in an industry that is not kind to those who are "out" with their illness.
  3. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    I've dug up this old thread from a year ago because we are entering May, which is once again National Mental Health Awareness Month.
    Wow, it's been a whole year already?! thank you for pulling this up. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

    I am still not working as a nurse (history of bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder) - but am looking into doing some part time home health. We'll see. The confidence levels are pretty lowwwww....

    Thank you Viva xo
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  4. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    It has been a year...last year I was at a crossroads in terms of where I was going in this profession as a new RN; I'm happy to say I am happy to be thriving at a position where I am considered a leader and have a per diem leadership job. I work a schedule that works for me where I have a work-life balance too; I can see my therapists and keep healing.
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  5. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from Liddle Noodnik
    Wow, it's been a whole year already?! thank you for pulling this up. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

    I am still not working as a nurse (history of bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder) - but am looking into doing some part time home health. We'll see. The confidence levels are pretty lowwwww....

    Thank you Viva xo
    I know what you mean about low confidence levels. I also am considering a part-time home health position and I'm nervous about possible doing patient care again, although I think I could handle the 1:1 with patients. I don't know. There was no Plan B when I took the surveyor job, and since that didn't work out I feel cast adrift. But I'll land on my feet like I always do, and so will you.


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