This is a thread for asking questions of our resident Mental Health Nurse, Craig who pops into the forums regularly.
PLEASE NOTE as per our community rules, Coach Craig won't be able to answer questions about medications, these are best discussed offline directly with your mental health professional.
BEFORE YOU ASK THE COACH PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING POINTS:
- Coaches time is limited! We cannot provide an ongoing dialogue with COACH in this thread - one post/question per person please
- We'd recommend you have a look through the forums before posting here to see if your question has already been answered by Coach Craig, our other members, or if there's information about it already on the Beyond Blue website.
- If a question pops up that has already been answered previously, or if alternate resources are available, one of our moderators will reply and direct you to the link.
- When writing your question, imagine you are speaking to someone in person i.e. provide a clear and detailed post with enough information that outlines how The Coach can help you.
Background Information - From Coach Craig
I have been involved in mental health nursing since the mid 1980’s, during my career, I have held a plethora of different roles and had many awesome experiences, I have received 2 national awards and have been awarded with a fellowship to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. I chose mental health nursing as I soon realised that I didn’t seem to fit into the traditional ‘medical model’ of delivering care.
I have worked as a nurse, manager, educator, project officer, advocate, within Youth, teenagers, Adults and Older persons mental health, both in traditional hospital settings and primary based GP clinics. I am also a trained Nurse Therapist in ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy). I am also trained as a life coach.
I am thankful that I can walk alongside people who need some support, encouragement, and advice around there own mental and emotional health.