My first experience of mental health was a personal one. Growing up, a family member had mental health issues, this personal experience motivated me to want to help and support others.
I got a job in a residential home and I later started working for the NHS in a medium secure mental health hospital. After a year of working there I decided I wanted to train to become a registered mental health nurse, and it was then I applied for the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing at Swansea University.
I have been a student representative since the beginning of my second year of study and I was lucky enough to represent Swansea University and attend the commemorative service for Florence Nightingale in London in March 2016. I also attended the student mental health conference in Huddersfield in October 2016 with other students on the course.
I love being part of the student experience and even won an award for my role in supporting students, voted for by my peers.
As a student at Swansea University, your opinions and ideas are not only listened to but valued and acknowledged. The Mental Health Nursing course at Swansea includes a range of placements so not only do you gain all the experience and skills needed to become a qualified nurse but your employment prospects are also excellent on qualifying. Overall I feel this course has given me the skills, ability and confidence to support people with mental ill health.
I loved the majority of my training but a highlight for me, as someone with a keen interest in forensic psychiatry, was being able to attend an assessment at Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool; a high security mental health hospital.
My intention after I qualify is to get a Band 5 post within forensic psychiatry and my long term ambition is to become a forensic community psychiatric nurse. For me being open and honest is key to any therapeutic relationship and I hope maintaining this approach throughout my career will resonate with those I work with and yield positive results.
I want to remove the stigma and make a difference to people with mental ill health.
I am a Champion.