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My experience as a service user helped me become a mental health nurse

Nursing student Abigail Martin reveals how her experience has given her a better insight in shaping her professional practice
Abigail Martin

Nursing student Abigail Martin reveals how her experience has given her a better insight in shaping her professional practice

I was a mental health service user for eight years. I was admitted, diagnosed, received treatment then discharged back to primary care. And here I am, now a third-year mental health nursing student.

I’m passionate about breaking down the ‘us and them’ attitudes that I’ve seen in mental healthcare professionals. After all, we can all become a service user, have a psychotic breakdown, become depressed or consider taking their own life.

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My experience as a service user has been one of my biggest assets during my training.

Of course this comes with its challenges: I’ve

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