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Speak up: There is always hope

Hope. It is the one thing that, whatever the situation, can get us through.

No matter how bad, no matter how dark, as long as there is a glimmer of hope, it can be enough to get to tomorrow.

At 23 years old, suffering heavily from depression, I lost that glimmer. I lost all hope.

I didn’t think I would ever be someone who would be depressed. I definitely didn’t think I would be someone who would attempt to take their own life, but depression got me and turned my life upside down – I felt as though I had no say about it.

The thing is, I didn’t know what depression was, never mind that I had it. I didn’t know it was treatable, I didn’t know that there was a way through or that there was an alternative to the internal hell I was living. I didn’t think there was any hope for me.

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About Mental Health Nursing

This issue features a range of news, features and papers on mental health nursing, including a student focus on carrying out assessments, an initiative to support the physical health of people with a mental illness, an evaluation of emotional intelligence tests in recruitment, an examination of non-violent resistance, an article by comedian Jake Mills on his personal experience and campaigning in mental health, an introduction to the power threat meaning framework, and an interview with Vanessa Garrity.