In our second week of the Mental Health Series, we talk to psychiatry trainee Shannon Hilton about what it’s really like to work in psychiatry and treat patients with mental illnesses. We delve into stigma, the work psychiatry is doing for patients today and its history. Shannon went to medical school at the University of Southampton, where she completed a BMedSci research project on the use of ibuprofen in anxiety. She completed her basic medical training in East London before starting as a psychiatry trainee in 2019 at the world renowned Maudsley Hospital Trust. She’s worked as an autism specialist in a secondary school, has experience in older and working age adults mental health, community psychiatry and currently works at a male psychiatric intensive care unit.