Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN.
Let me introduce myself and my medium publication to you all.
My name is Jonathan Townend and I have been a practising mental health nurse for the past 30-years. Like many of you who have been affected by the Covid-19 virus, my life was rudely interrupted during 2020 when I contracted the virus whilst I was treating new patients where I had been employed as a senior nurse.
Mental ill-health within the younger generation of our time all seem to be have been given the short straw, when it comes down to needing an in-patient admission in a mental health hospital, within the NHS system in Britain today.
When you are over the golden age of eighteen years old, if you live in one area of the country, but there is a lack of in-patient beds, then in mental healthcare the easy answer to the local hospital bed manager is,
Okay, so that’s fine to a point if you are an adult without a local family network of…
Hi to everyone for visiting my ‘About Me,’ page.
After leaving school in 1986, I had a firm idea that I wanted to train as a Mental Health Nurse, mainly because since a young age I had lost my dad to suicide. I needed to understand the reasons why this occurred. What could have been done to help & support him (in what was undoubted) was a very traumatic period for him. …
A topic that I imagine is still not widely talked about enough, is the hard-reaching effects of Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia in a person’s life. The negative effects on a sufferer to both their physical & mental aspects to health today are far-reaching.
The image to the left of this is simply a typical example of the physical interruption that Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia an individual has to live with, and what can be seen as a negative impact through carrying out their daily activities, that a ‘non-sufferer’ just will not have to deal with.
According to data published by…
Self-harm & Suicide is a very evocative subject to both discuss with others and to write about. But nevertheless, it is a topic that MUST be talked about freely and widely at the same time too, with Self-harm & Suicide if not talked about, and the person feeling suicidal not feeling that he/she is being heard, can all too easily escalate to attempting suicide themselves.
Within 2019 alone, it was recorded that a terrifying total of 5,691 suicides were registered in just England and Wales (source, Office for National Statistics) (ONS) which is staggering and very disappointing, as this shows…
Outside the early markings of a new day were making themselves known all around. Birds were beginning to chirp from up high in the trees. Street lamps began extinguishing their glow heralding the end to the darkness of night. The engines of the dumpster trucks could be heard as they slowly rolled onward along their route with amber flashing lights lit to warn of their presence to all who had begun the daily routine of coming out of their houses to warm up their car engines before setting off to their daily works offices. Postal workers were busily beginning to…
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Yesterday was not a typical cold & miserable day in September… it was blue sky, hot and lots of sun. Yes, nothing like a typical September day in Britain.
We think now is the right moment to proceed. But it is absolutely vital that we proceed now with caution and I cannot say this powerfully or emphatically enough… this pandemic is not over,’
I do find a certain sense of irony in these words. As everyone within the United Kingdom (UK) is already fully aware of these words, with the already actioned Freedom Day that took place on 19th July 2021 (LBC, Castle. A.)
To mark that moment I have already published an earlier relevant article (link below.)