Sheffield Health and Social Care are celebrating the first ever Mental Health Nurses Day.
To celebrate the launch of the annual event, SHSC are following Community Mental Health Nurse Alexandra Fergusson around for the day.
Ben Solly, Communications Manager at SHSC is shadowing Alexandra, a Sheffield Hallam graduate, to give the public an insight into the realities of Mental Health.
He said: “It’s a tough role, every day is different and it’s a busy environment, but it’s a role that’s really rewarding.
“If you ask someone what a nurse does they will probably imagine someone working in a hospital, so we wanted to show what being a mental health nurse actually involves.”
We’d like to introduce you to @yorkiefergz 😀
We’re going to be spending the day with her finding out what it’s like to be a mental health nurse.
— Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT (@SHSCFT) February 21, 2019
Taking emergency calls, visiting patients and administering medication are just a handful of Alexandra’s tasks today.
The main aim of the day according to Ben and Alexandra is to “showcase the amazing work that our mental health nurses do on a daily basis”. The second for them, is to raise awareness of mental health nursing as a profession and encourage students to consider it as a career.
The Community Mental Health Nurse was inspired to become a nurse after a close friend passed away. This loss spurred her decision to ‘do something positive’, and ‘make a difference’.
According to Mind, a mental health charity, approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in each year.