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Mental health nurse Rob Gee

Rob Gee is a mental health nurse who has witnessed good and bad practice during a 12-year career that has included working in acute psychiatric settings in both the UK and Australia.

In recent years, Mr Gee combines his now part-time role in mental health nursing with working as a comedian and performance poet, where he uses entertainment to talk about mental health.

Much of Mr Gee’s clinical role now involves working with service users on creative projects.

For example, he is lead artist for BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum, which provides improvisations workshops for people with severe mental health issues. The group puts on comedy shows, and Mr Gee also leads improvisation and creative writing workshops in a range of clinical settings.

His experiences as a nurse have been a catalyst for much of his writing. The

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