Two Mental Health Nursing students from Edge Hill University are making significant contributions to Mental Heath Nursing, a key journal for mental health professionals.
Helen Adams and Colin Walsh have been on the editorial board for more than a year and have developed a regular ‘student focus’ section in the Journal. They also regularly attend conferences for the Mental Health Nurses Association.
Helen Adams, who is completing a Masters in Mental Health Nursing, applied to be a student representative after being approached by her tutor.
She said: “I thought it would be a great learning opportunity and would look really good on my CV while developing my confidence and team working skills. I was also keen to offer a student perspective on concerns that we have in clinical practice, meet new people, share experiences and learn about policy, legislation and current mental health issues.”
As well as attending regular national board meetings throughout the year, Helen and Colin offer their own thoughts and perspectives on current issues affecting mental health nursing students. Helen recently wrote a piece on her first experience of the use of ECT to treat mental illness, and is about to have an article published on becoming qualified in the near future.
“I enjoy putting myself out there and providing a voice for my peers,” said Helen. “Despite all the work we do it is fun and very rewarding. I have learnt a lot both personally and professionally and I think it will put me in a good position when I start applying for jobs.”
MCh Programme Leader, Steve Jones, who is also on the editorial board, added: “Colin and Helen’s input to the Mental Health Nursing journal has been invaluable and the new student focus section is raising the profile of student mental health nurses nationally. I believe that this experience has provided a valuable insight, contributing directly to evidenced-based practice, and I hope they continue to publish as trained mental health nurses in the future.”
Find out more about studying Mental Health Nursing here.