Spokes – Its a State of Mind!

I attended the 10th annual ‘Mental Health Student Nurse Conference’ held by the University of Manchester yesterday. This was a great event organised by staff here at the University where students got a chance to debate the 6Cs with a panel of professionals. Workshops were held to focus on specific areas such as OCD or Dementia. We were also lucky enough to have a presentation from State of Mind. They are an award winning charity that challenges attitudes and stigma and helps to raise awareness of mental health within the Rugby profession and community groups. The guys were truly inspirational. Lead by a mental health nurse the guest speakers, all of whom were ex-professional rugby players, told us their experiences of mental health following life changing injuries sustained in the sport they love. Click on the link to the charities website to find out more of the fantastic work they do at both professional and amateur level. state-of-mind-logo I am writing about this to show how creative mental health work can be. Using this charity as a starting point, you can be as creative with your spokes as is relative when on placement. Look outside the box and see what amazing things mental health nurses are involved with out there.  Link up to your portfolio requirements as well and discuss possibilities with your mentor to help discover other ideas for learning opportunities. Physical health plays a large part in mental health both as a cause and an intervention. Use your spokes to come up with ideas or suggestions to help improve the care of those being looked after on your placement.  Discuss ideas with your colleagues, peers and AA and bounce ideas around.  Attending conferences and events in and around the university and NHS trusts can help spark your imagination and develop your skills and knowledge in just what mental health nursing incorporates.

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