My name is Beth and I have mental health problems. Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder – diagnosed in alphabetical order which pleases me somewhat.
I have been hospitalised 5 times in 2 different hospitals. I have been sectioned under section 5(2) once and section 3 of the Mental Health Act (1983) twice. I guess you could say I’m lucky because none of my admissions have exceeded more than a little over a month.
There’s more to me than my mental health though. In January, I was accepted onto a degree course to train to be a mental health nurse which, fingers crossed, I will be starting in September.
This blog is to document my journey from a mental health patient to a mental health nurse. There’ll be ups and downs throughout my journey and I want to take you with me through the highs and lows and everything in between. From my own mental health, to placements to coursework to (hopefully) finally qualifying and being an autonomous nurse. Hope you enjoy the ride.