The first thing you should know about me is that I love language. I love reading it, I love writing it, I love how it has shaped everyday, past and present. In the words of one of my idols, Susie Dent (2021), it is clear that there is a national pessimism that plagues our everyday speech. Syntax siblings are typically overpowered by the more negative of the bunch, thrashing its happier sibling into the void of lost positives. Respair is one of those lost positives, the forgotten sibling of despair, and defines recovering from a place of despair.
I believed that respair was a fitting word for my project. My purpose in life is to ensure others can live to the utmost quality achievable, and if that means bringing them back from the edge of despair then I will do everything I can to make that happen. I would love for this blog to help like-minded people to do the same, and strive for a happier, healthier nation.
Now, if you’re wondering what mental health has to do with language, I will answer: everything. In a world of national pessimism; 1 in 4 people suffer with mental health issues (Mind, 2020). I believe that affirming language can help others feel more at ease in themselves and with others around them. I suggest that to encourage the change of mindsets and thought processes, we must first focus on our everyday speech. Taking care to maintain appropriate pronouns when addressing an individual, swap those dastardly negative dominators for their lost positives, and exploring language to help gain a better understanding of conditions, medications, and treatments.
In essence, that is what this project is about, I am teaching myself how I can better support others, whilst chronicling my journey to qualify as a mental health nurse. My posts will not be completely entered around language, but that’s an aspect you can expect from me. I’d ideally like to write about a word a day, a medication a day, and a condition a day, each relevant to the mental health field. I will also include diary entries, study notes and tips, and placement experience.
I am currently coming to the end of my access course, with two conditional offers in place at local universities. I hope my experience is helpful, insightful and inspiring to others.
- Dent, S., (2021) ‘English has lost all manner of positive words – resurrecting them could overcome our national pessimism’ [Online] Available at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/english-positive-words-susie-dent-918345 (Accessed 3rd April 2021)
- Mind (2020) ‘Mental health facts and statistics’ [Online] Available at: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/ (Accessed 3rd April 2021)