How to become a mental health nurse: Jake's story

Meet Jake. He's a mental health nurse who responds to calls that have been made to 999. Part of the BBC Bitesize World of work series.

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There's a lot of job satisfaction with being a mental health nurse. You get to be there for someone who hasn't necessarily had someone there.

  • Jake identifies 999 calls that have come in that trigger mental health concerns. He calls patients back to make sure they get access to the right services.
  • Calls are very varied and can include patients experiencing low mood, anxiety or psychosis.
  • Jake studied ICT at college, worked in a pub for a while and then went to university to do Mental Health Nursing.
  • He was inspired to do this career by seeing loved ones with mental health difficulties and wanting to know how to help others in similar situations.

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