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Nurse’s podcasts tell true story of life on mental health wards

Podcasts aim to dispel myths about mental illness, remove stigma and give patients a voice
Picture shows a scene from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A nurse is producing podcasts that aim to dispel myths about mental illness, remove stigma and give patients a voice.

Podcasts aim to dispel myths about mental illness, remove stigma and give patients a voice

Public perceptions of mental healthcare are still based on the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, despite it being produced more than 40 years ago, says newly qualified mental health nurse John-Barry Waldron.

‘It’s a great film but that image persists, and it has an impact for us on the ward,’ he says.

‘If you ever see a psychiatric hospital in a film, patients are always portrayed as dribbling in a corner, wearing a straitjacket.’

When his

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