Margaret Parker


I was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa one of the most impoverished countries in the world with a population over 7.396 million people. The country had two Psychiatrists, two Clinical Psychologists, and 19 Mental Health Nurses to treat mentally ill patients while I was growing up, and currently still suffers from a lack of medical professionals. These lack luster conditions motivated me to pursue a career in Mental Health Nursing.  Sierra Leone is currently still a place where individuals with mental illnesses are deprived of their fundamental human rights. During the time that I lived in the country, I witnessed that individuals with mental disorders were discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized. Many individuals were also subjected to emotional and physical abuse in the institutions and in the communities they lived.  Furthermore, many also suffered from social inequalities. For all those various reasons, I decided to pursue a career in Mental Health Nursing to bring about change and to fully understand mental disabilities.