This is the final post in a mini-series that's looked back at my past. This post is a bit different because I don't have any photos to capture my mental health nursing career. I became a nurse in 2004. It was my second health professional career; the first was as a pharmacist. This is… Continue reading This Was Me: My Mental Health Nursing Career
Caz of Mental Health 360º is the first person to be featured in the wounded healer interview series, featuring people with significant mental health challenges who also work in a mental health helping role with others. Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and the mental health challenges you’ve faced.… Continue reading Wounded Healers: Caz
Check out this post I've written on Psyche about the challenges accessing mental health services as a mental health professional myself. It's been chosen as a staff pick by Vocal Media, which I'm über-excited about. https://psyche.media/barriers-to-mental-health-care-for-mental-health-professionals
In the Profiles in Tremendousness series, I borrow an idea from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah to celebrate the best of the worst in mental health care. In this edition, I'll take a look at some of the weird shit that's gone on in places where I've worked, proving yet again that common sense… Continue reading Profiles in tremendousness: The uncommon sense edition
Not long ago I posted Profiles in Tremendousness round 1, which borrowed an idea from the Daily Show to identify some of the non-rockstars I've encountered in my own experiences of mental health care. In round 2, I'm going to touch on some of the anti-superstars I've encountered in my work as a mental health… Continue reading Profiles in tremendousness 2: The coworker edition
People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) face a lot of challenges. Unhelpful treatment providers shouldn't be one of them, but I suspect this is the case more often than it should be. One of my jobs is at a mental health and addictions transitional program. While some of the staff are licensed mental health professionals,… Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder: Are the helpers actually hurting?
Having worked as a mental health nurse for many years, it would be easy to assume that I'm usually the one doing the teaching and my clients are usually doing most of the learning. That assumption would be completely wrong. Yes, I've learned a lot in school and through continuing education, plus I've learned a… Continue reading What I’ve Learned from My “Psych Patients”