Nursing Writing


This is Richard Shrubb's nursing writing page.

Richard started out as a mental health specialist nursing journalist. He is still a columnist for the nursing portal Mental Health Today, which is run by Pavilion Publishing who used to publish this magazine in paper format.

Have a look through his portfolio of work in this field below.


Here is Richard's latest Perspectives column / blog for Mental Health Today - this time on his experience of Mindfulness meditation.


Focusing on the woman who would become his partner, Tracee Cossey, Richard looked at how generic psychiatric medication performs differently to the patent drugs that they are supposed to replace once the originals' patents have expired. Richard has had this very issue, and has to take the patent medication due to the generics having unwanted effects when he takes them. Download this PDF MHT Generic Drugs Jan14002

Richard did his biggest piece yet on the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs for Therapy Today, the BACP trade magazine. You can find the PDF here Therapy Today Magical Mystery Cure


Rounding off his amazing Olympic year, Richard published a piece on positive psychology for Mental Health Today. Could positive psychology used by top athletes be an answer for services? Download mht winning the mental battle

He published this piece in Mental Health Today on the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs MHT Psychedelics

Richard covered the story of a family who had serious problems getting the right Special Educational Needs provision for their child. They set up an organisation based on the Isle of Wight that tried to fight back. Download this here ldt nov 11 sen bh


Richard published a piece for Learning Disability Today on how the Personalisation Agenda could help people with learning difficulties. Download this piece personalisation ldt

That same month, Richard looked at how cuts to the Supporting People programme was causing difficulty for people with mental health problems. He was in supported housing during the heyday of the programme at the turn of the Century, and this story had a real personal interest for him. Download sp mht


For Mental Health Today, and as part of his personal ambition to eventually write for sailing magazines, Richard looked at how sailing is being used for therapy. Download article MHT Sailing

For the RCN's Nursing Standard, Richard published a piece on a new medication being tested that could help people with Fragile X Syndrome. Download this piece nsfragilex0001