Why I became a mental health nurse

Emmajane Watkins, mental health nursing lecturer

Emmajane Watkins is a senior lecturer in mental health nursing at USW. 

"At a young age, I enjoyed being around people: talking, listening to their experience of the world and sometimes just observing the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

"I started doing voluntary work and found I enjoyed supporting others with their difficulties. It gave me a sense of fulfilment to see people happy and achieving their life goals.

"I never failed to feel humbled when someone trusted me with their story, as well as their hopes, fears and aspirations.

"My experience was not always positive as I started to see how the stigma associated with mental health would adversely affect people and their families.

"But this made me even more passionate.

"I wanted to be part of a team that worked together to raise awareness around mental health in way that alleviated fears and created a sense of acceptance and togetherness. I suppose, to help people get along and to understand and accept each other’s differences.

"This is why I became a mental health nurse."

Places available for mental health nursing this March