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Digital Subscriptions > Mental Health Nursing > Feb/Mar 2019 > Inside the mind of… Jonathan Gadsby

Inside the mind of… Jonathan Gadsby

Mental Health Nursing meets the mental health nurse, lecturer at Birmingham City University and co-founder of the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network @ponapon

What is the biggest challenge you are facing at the moment?

Probably the same for most news-reading adults across the world over the past few years: managing my emotions in the face of environmental degradation and its biggest enabler, unregulated capitalism, mixed with the requirement to build a steady and hopeful outlook for my children. I’m not always good at that but I’m trying.

What is the biggest opportunity?

I think there is a perfect storm of factors that is leading me, as a nurse, to the opportunity to play a part in the demise of reductionist biomedical approaches to distress in society.

When a sixth of people in the city where I work are diagnosed with depression and are taking tablets then I think it is growing abundantly clear that the medicalisation of distress has been hugely successful business but largely ineffective at changing the happiness of society.

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The new edition of Mental Health Nursing is now available, featuring a range of news, views and papers: - News on developments in mental health and mental health nursing - Examining the NHS Long Term Plan - The findings of the Mental Health Act review - A research report on risk factors for depression in Eritrea - Student focus on charity work - Standing up for the LGBT+ community - Interview with Jonathan Gadsby - Resource reviews