ASHLEY PETERSON: BREAKING BARRIERS AS A MENTAL HEALTH NURSE

This is a guest post I did on Kayleigh Rose’s blog.

LOVE, KAYLEIGH ROSE

I’m super excited to be writing on Kayleigh Rose’s blog.  We have a couple of big things in common: a passion for mental health, and mental health nursing as a chosen career.

When I first became a nurse, mental illness was something that happened to other people.  I cared about those people and was passionate about wanting to help them, but I wasn’t one of them.  That changed 2 1/2 years into my nursing career.  Depression slammed into me like a hurricane.  At first I was in denial that this could happen to me, but it quickly became clear that this was definitely depression.  I didn’t reach out for help, though, thinking that because I was a mental health nurse I should be able to handle it myself.  That didn’t work out very well, and it took two suicide attempts before I ended up getting help in the form of…

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