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Trauma, feminism and mental health nursing

At a recent conference on critical perspectives in mental health, change was the keyword. As 2018 progresses, discussions on personal narratives will play a huge part in changing how we adapt our care

At a recent conference for critical perspectives in mental health, change was the keyword. As 2018 progresses, discussions on personal narratives will play a huge part in changing how we adapt our care

Last year I attended the Critical Voices Network Ireland conference, an international event that attracts people from different backgrounds who are interested in critical perspectives on mental health and illness.

This year’s theme in Cork was the ‘change’ in mental health services, and the evidence for it happening in certain areas. First, personal narratives are gaining value as a powerful tool in enabling discussions and making a difference. Hopefully, mental health services will continue to make space for them to be told and heard. Second, trauma and the diagnosis of personality disorder are becoming frequent features in the dialogue between health professionals and mental health activists.

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