Hello, I'm a new grad RN and I am wanting to work in psych. I have 2 interviews coming up for a psych adolescent inpatient and an eating disorder treatment center. I have struggled in the past with mental health and eating disorders, and I actually was a patient at both of these places when I was a teenager (I am 31 now). I completed a year long intensive DBT program when I was 24 and have researched DBT extensively since then because I believe it can be so powerfully life changing and life saving. Being a new grad I don't have any professional experience (except volunteering at the crisis text line) but I was wondering... would it be helpful or harmful to mention in an interview that the reason why I am interested in this line of work is because of my past history and recovery, and that I know in depth about the many DBT and CBT skills because of that? I was going back and forth on whether or not I would mention this when I was looking on the website for the eating disorder clinic I am interviewing with and I see this quote on their "about" page: "Several staff members also have a personal experience with recovery, and their work often extends beyond caring for clients. Many are involved with prevention efforts that promote awareness of eating disorder causes and effects on families and our communities. We truly care. “We think like people with eating disorders think,” says our Executive Chairman and Founder, Dirk Miller, PhD, LP. “We are our clients. We know the changes people need to make to live through an eating disorder’s destructive patterns of thoughts and feelings. We know how to restore people to whole and happy lives.” It made me think that perhaps they would be more open to hiring those who are honest about their personal experience with recovery. What do you all think? Has anyone mentioned this in an interview and what was the outcome?