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Motorbiking, wood-chopping and accidental running; what makes mental health nurse Ed Freshwater tick

Community mental health nurse Ed Freshwater has the medical profession in his blood. After training as a healthcare assistant, he now chairs 14,000 members of the RCN Mental Health Forum. He also has an unhealthy attachment to a log-splitting axe.

Community mental health nurse Ed Freshwater @edfreshwater has the medical profession in his blood. After training as a healthcare assistant, he now chairs the 14,000 member-strong RCN Mental Health Forum. He also has an unhealthy attachment to a log-splitting axe

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I am a community mental health nurse in the perinatal mental health service at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust. I work with a small, specialist team running therapeutic group sessions for mothers in the perinatal period, primarily around depression and anxiety. There’s a lot of investment and change going on in the field, so it’s quite an exciting time.

I’m also the chair of the Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Forum. Our

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