Thank you for viewing my blog, I will introduce myself as Mary, I qualified as a General (Adult) Nurse in 2004. I worked in various specialities and encountered a diverse population. I worked in areas such as oncology, accident & emergency and critical care which exposed me to interactions with others that ignited my desire to engage more on an emotional, holistic, spiritual level with those around me. I retrained as a Mental Health Nurse in 2011. I gained experience managing the physical health care of people on various anti psychotic and antidepressant medication. I focussed on health promotion to enhance physical and mental wellbeing of individuals on these medications in order to reduce physical mortality in this specific population.
Currently , I have expanded my role as a Mental Health Nurse by moving into a recovery based/inpatient setting, working with individuals suffering complex mental health issues and integrating a holistic foundation that instils positivity and hope into my nursing approach. I aim to use the experience I gain to enhance my skills as a professional, as well as utilising my experience to promote my positive approaches to a general setting particularly targeted towards the general public and those suffering depression and other mental health issues.
My main passion, is suicide prevention, which I have a particular interest in.
I have done a scope of personal research in this area, such as reading literature, articles, watching documentaries, and particularly research of subjective experiences of those who have attempted suicide, for which, I produced a dissertation as part of my mental health degree.
The findings of which,in my own opinion, have correlated with the opinions of other professionals with interests in this area.
Purposelessness and hopelessness are known key predictors in suicidality.
Therefore instilling hope and purpose is a fundamental concept in recovery in both mental illness generally, such as depression. But also those individuals struggling in general day to day living.
The values I believe that are essential to us as human beings in order to maintain positive wellbeing and intrinsic worth include, love, compassion, understanding, acceptance, on a purely unconditional level. Without bias, prejudice, or expectation.
Mutual understanding harbours human connection, unconditional love manifests validation and acceptance of one’s own self worth. Although I do not believe unconditional love exists within a physical sense due to the flawed imbalance of the world and it’s views of others, I do believe it exists on a spiritual level, as God exists within and around us.
I believe hope is formed through the power of human connection and that having a spiritual element in our lives constructs the possibility that we are created with meaning, value and purpose, which in itself has proved a protective asset in the reduction of suicide rates.
Hence this blog is related not only to suicide prevention, but two major concepts I hope to ingrain into it….spirituality and love, interrelated and in a mutual coexistence. The foundation of this website is based upon the key verse below which I hope will instil much inspiration in the lives of those suffering worthlessness, purposelessness and hopelessness.
1 Corinthians 13 NIV
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Please see below for a list of helplines that may be useful:
Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. Talk to us any time you like in your own way and off the record, about whatever’s getting to you.
Call us free any time on 116 123
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit us – find your nearest branch on Samaritans.org
HOPELineUK is a confidential support and advice service for:
- Young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide
- Anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide.
A HOPELineUK advisor will hear about the things that are happening in your life that are contributing to your thoughts of suicide and provide advice about how you can cope with your thoughts of suicide, or where you can access help. You can also speak to our HOPELineUK advisors to get advice about how to start a conversation about suicide with someone you are concerned about, and how to best support them.
Call: 0800 068 41 41
Opening hours are 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays.