The Beginning

For a start, I will explain how I came to this name for the blog. I was on the bus home yesterday and was thinking that although it would be fun to write blogs about my interests, it would possibly be more involving and interesting if I wrote about my work.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to explore some of the issues that I am confronted with work and writing about something more personal and involving is also much more likely to be interesting to others.

I’m not at all sure yet if there will be an audience for this blog at all. I am not sure that I want there to be an audience. Not yet, anyhow – but mostly I want to see if writing takes on a life of it’s own and where the path takes me. I know I need more outlets than I get at the moment and writing has always interested me from a distance, at least.

As for the Fighting Monsters tag, well, my initial choice was actually ‘Who Cares?’ but it had gone. I thought of looking through quotation sites to find some inspiration and came upon the following quotation:

‘Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one’ Nietzsche

And it made a lot of sense to me.

Working in the mental health field, it is something I have always been acutely aware of. We used to joke about it when I was at college and say that everyone who specialised in mental health was mad! Of course, the shoe is on the other foot – so to speak – as I’m now working in a specialist mental health team for over 65s, but I think it’s an important concept to think about.

I was reading my new Dictionary of Psychiatry yesterday and it had some statistics about the prevalence of mental health and even reading through some of the symptoms and recognising a few of them in myself! It is just a matter of where we draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable to society.. to a point.