The gift of listening

Two young girls talking and listening to each other.

I am a nurse who has worked in mental health and addictions for 27 years. During that time I have heard hundreds of stories and each of them have left me with some appreciation of the gift of being able to listen and hear about the lives of so many truly inspirational people. They came to me for help but what they did not realize was that their strength and willingness to be vulnerable to a total stranger shaped my desire to be the best listener and clinician possible. Mental illness is a disease that can be beat and so many of my heroes are those that simply did not give up hope even at the toughest times in their lives. So find that person who can help, share your story, reach out and know you are not alone and thank you to all my teachers in this struggle who have kept me believing.

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