Disordered Eating – Food, lockdown and me

By Emily England, MSc Adult and Mental Health Student Nurse, Year 2 University of Southampton @emily_angila In this week’s blog Emily England reflects upon a specific mental health issue ‘disordered eating’; something that she has observed as significant and rising during the period of the pandemic, both in her practice in community settings and across […]

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Mental Health and Wellbeing during a pandemic: who is caring for the carers?

By Dr Jane Wray, Associate Editor, Evidence Based Nursing, Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Director of Research. @livinginhope Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have been in the frontline of care delivery and they have been lauded (and applauded) for their hard work, expertise, commitment and professionalism. However, as the public ‘clapped for carers’ and celebrated the […]

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Self-care as a moral responsibility: an update following the twitter chat 8/4/2020

  Noirin O’Neill wrote a blog for us, published on March 29th, titled “Self care, public health messaging and moral responsibilities during a global health emergency – a patient perspective”.  This was followed by a twitter chat on 8 April 2020.  The following is a summary of the main discussions that took place during the […]

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Animals and student well-being – not ‘just a pet’

Julie MacDonald, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull University students are a particular area of focus in relation to promoting mental health and wellbeing. Recent statistics revealed that in 2015/16, over 15,000 students in their first year of study in UK universities reported that they had a mental health problem, compared to approximately 3,000 […]

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Lara’s nursing journey and the impact of a mental health problem

Lara McDonald, 2nd Year Student Mental Health Nurse (@lara__mcdonald) Being a student nurse in itself is a huge undertaking; juggling university and placement alongside daily life complications such as money issues and childcare, is not an easy feat. Everyone brings their own experiences with them into this profession, and I, alongside many others, bring an […]

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Facing the first day: placements, anxiety, and me….

Laura Greaves, 2nd Year Adult Nursing student (@laurastunurse)   For some of my fellow nursing students, the start of a new placement is a time of excitement. For me, it’s a time full of dread. I worry about having to meet new people in an unfamiliar area; I worry about what the journey will be […]

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University Mental Health Day 2020

David Barrett, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull Being a University student is an exciting and life-changing experience. However, some of the academic, financial and personal challenges faced by students can have a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing (APPG, 2015). For healthcare students, the additional challenges posed – including the need […]

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New Frontier for Integration.

Completing our series of 4 blogs for #childrensmentalhealthweek is Ayasha Fisher (@ayasha09017404), CAMHS Crisis Liaison Nurse and Clinical Lead Nurse. She argues that we have some way to go yet before CYP mental health services achieve parity of esteem with physical health services. New initiatives might herald better integration of physical and mental health care which […]

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How human rights can help us to humanise the mental health system for young people

Continuing our series of blogs for #childrensmentalhealthweek James Kenrick (@JamesKenrick1), CEO of Youth Access, argues that a rights-based approach to service design and quality will empower both young people and practitioners to achieve a common cause: the ‘humanisation’ of youth mental health services.  These topics will be discussed in our twitter chat on 12 February […]

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Be CYP mental health cheerleaders despite the challenges caused by under resourcing.

Continuing our series of blogs for Children’s Mental Health Week (#childrensmentalhealthweek) that will culminate in a twitter chat on 12 February 2020 at 8pm UK time we have this blog by Barry Nixon.  Barry is the Northwest lead for CYP IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) with CMECIC , a community interest company that offers a […]

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