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‘I had to be sectioned’: the nurse who became the patient

Rachel Davis draws on her personal experience of deep depression and psychosis to help educate her peers

Rachel Davis’s experience as a former patient in an inpatient setting is informing her role as a trust’s peer support lead for other healthcare professionals

  • The writer’s experience of being sectioned under the Mental Health Act (1983) is now informing her role as peer support
  • Vicarious trauma is described as a process of change resulting from empathetic engagement with trauma survivors when caring for them
  • Symptoms of vicarious trauma include stress, burnout and invasive thoughts about patients’ situations outside of work

A mental health career felt like the obvious choice when I was deciding on which branch

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