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Inside the mind of…Vanessa Garrity

Mental Health Nursing meets the mental health nurse, healthcare consultant and director of Sociable Angels. Follow her on Twitter at @WeMHNurses and @VanessaLGarrity

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

I could talk about personal challenges that I experience in my working week, but what I think it is more important to talk about is the challenges that we are experiencing as mental health nurses collectively.

‘Mental health’ is clearly having its time at the moment. It is great that more and more people are finding the courage to talk about their own mental health difficulties.

Reducing stigma about mental health is encouraging us to seek help when we are struggling with our mental health, but we have to ensure that all voices are heard within this narrative.

I think we need to move away from focusing exclusively on individualistic, biological explanations of mental health and start to publicly acknowledge the intersections between mental health, poverty and other social inequalities.

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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.