Launch of “World’s first Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network”

Last week, at at conference in Durham, we launched the Critical Mental Health Nurses Network. Everyone there over the two days may consider themselves ‘founder members’, and there are many others to thank who have carried this idea for some time.

This is the first blog post of what we hope will be a major resource and source of inspiration and solidarity for critical mental health nurses – which should be all of us – in the UK. We are grateful to Gary Sidley, who, as well as speaking at the conference about his career and recently published book, and speaking most movingly about the Mental Health Act,  has managed to write the first reflection about the conference, published on Durham University’s “Hearing the Voice” project’s website. Read it here to get a flavour of the event, which Gary is describing as a “World’s first”! All we know is that none of us have found anything else like it, and we wanted one.

We hope you will subscribe to this blog, bookmark the hashtag #critMHN, and look forward to getting to know you. We are collecting our thoughts and hatching some big plans.

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful development! I’m an activist with, a drug safety and patient empowerment project co-founded by Dr. David Healy. Just got back from a symposium at Yale University in the U.S.. about alternatives to antipsychotic drug treatment. Fascinating & inspiring — here’s the program:

    Click to access Yale-Symposium-2015_021915.pdf

    A lot of the presentations will be posted on the web soon as free continuing-education material by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. Hoping we can work together for solutions to a crisis that’s getting worse on both sides of the Atlantic! In the meantime check out @RxISK, @DrDavidHealy, @mhexcellence and @mad_in_america . Will be sure to follow you!

    Johanna Ryan,


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