I have been inspired to create this blog by Elaine Hunter, a fellow mental health Allied Health Professional, who urges us to be the change we expect and to do something different as a way of achieving this. So that is exactly what I am doing!
I am, what they call around here, a “rare beastie” – a Speech & Language Therapist providing a dedicated, specialist, community based service for adults who experience mental health difficulties. The change that I want to see is mental health services recognising the important role Speech and Language Therapists can play and including us in their teams. As there are not many of us about, if I want to see this change then I need to do something about it. So I have decided to do something different, to raise my profession’s profile in the field of adult mental health and to share the lessons I am learning from the incredible people I am privileged to work with.