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The importance of focusing on recovery

Student Matty Laycock argues for the importance of recovery and stories of success in mental health

Iam a third-year student about to embark on a career as a mental health nurse. For years, I struggled with horrific violent and sexual thoughts about harming others. I would hide sharp objects out of sight to protect people close to me. I would plead with my brain to stop tormenting me. I genuinely thought there was a devastating menace ready to explode out of me at any moment.

It was only when doing some mental health training that I discovered I might have obsessive compulsive disorder. The trainer said: “Some people with OCD have repeated thoughts of stabbing people.”

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The June/July 2018 #MHNjournal highlights include: - A report on concerns over money lending for people with mental health problems - The language of psychiatric discourse: power and imbalance - Guidance on writing for publication - Speak Up! features on experiences of working with mental health nurses, and recovery from anorexia - MHN Student Focus: Matty Laycock on the important of focusing on recovery - Inside the mind of... Natasha Devon - Resource reviews - Our regular updates from LPO Dave Munday and news from the mental health nursing world