Psychiatric nurse in the UK

I’m Heryani also known as Hery. In 1997, I started my career  as a psychiatric nurse in a mental hospital that dates back to the Victorian times. It was grim but it was here that I saw the full spectrum of mental illnesses in their acute forms. With the implementation of Care in the Community Act, people with enduring mental illness were discharged to the community on a large scale and community psychiatric nurses were in great demand. Like most folks I signed up and was part of a team who carried a huge caseload. I then branched out to the private sector and later set up my own practice in training and life coaching, where I helped people set up their achievable goals and motivated them to get there.

Brief intervention in primary care

Mental health in primary care

Working in a large general practice, I provided brief intervention in primary care for patients with mental health issues.  Many presentations were sub-clinical and do not require a doctor’s time to refer patients  to other agencies or to suggest tips on coping strategies or even to offer an empathetic ear for fifteen minutes. After four years of being a “gatekeeper” I went on to rehab for a private company.

The secret to a great retirement & mental health

It was in 2012 that I decided to hang up my spurs. Malaysia had great potential and I thought I could work on my tan there. But I found out that I didn’t have the patience to bask in the sun. Instead, I reinvented myself and embarked on a small business offering Zumba and workshops on soft skills and mental health. The secret to good mental health I find, is to plan your retirement and do things that bring you joy and nourish your spirit. A year later a few of us founded the Rotary Club of Langkawi executing projects to help the needy and improve the environment.  I served as club president in 2014-15.

Zumba warm up in “Run for Life” organised by Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi

“You can be your best” a self- help book on mental health and goal setting can be borrowed in NLB

A goal realised

I started “You can be your best “many years ago. But due to other commitments I had to put it on the back burner. This self help book contains distilled information on mental health issues based on my 20 year experience as mental health practitioner.

In 2017 I published it so that others may benefit from my experience. “You can be your best” opened a great opportunity for me. In 2018 I returned to Singapore – to manage  the community intervention team for a non profit.

You can borrow “You can be your best” from the national library or purchase it here as an e-book. For a hard copy you may find one or two at Kinokuniya.

What I can do and for you

 I’m based in Singapore and available for assignments abroad. I can help you set up or improve mental health service delivery in both primary and secondary care. This may include training in selected subjects. I can deliver a one of presentation or be part of a team that’s involved in change management.
I can deliver talks on mental health and conduct workshops on soft skills for example work life balance, assertiveness or goal setting. No project is too small.

Drop me an email to discuss your requirement.

My clients


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Call me : +6588695241

Email: info@recovernow.com.sg

Skype: hery.dehaan2