I am a doctor working in Psychiatry in South London specialising in Forensic Psychiatry. I have been interested in working with people with mental health problems since secondary school and this interest is the main reason I chose to become a doctor. This has given me insight into the impact of
mental illness upon a young person’s studies, their relationships and how they perceive themselves and the world around them. It has also made me realise the importance of early treatment, understanding and empathetic care and how this can transform a young person’s illness and enable
them to continue to achieve their full potential. My other, powerful exposure to mental health problems amongst young people was during my time as a Nightline volunteer from 2012 – 2017.
During this time I answered phone-calls from university students who were struggling with their mental health for a variety of reasons. This experience gave me a unique insight into the difficulties that young people face, such as societal expectations, social media pressures and battling with one’s
own self-esteem and self-image. It is because of these experiences that I feel passionate about this issue and believe there is much more that can be done to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst young people and ultimately save a young person’s life.
As a junior doctor working in Psychiatry I realise the importance of understanding and empathetic care and how this can transform young people and enable them to continue to achieve their full potential. I am proud to be supporting RJ4All with development of this eCourse.