Mental Health Nursing
News and practice for mental health nurses
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The risks of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia are well known. A review by pharmacists with care home staff led to the drugs being reduced or discontinued
A zero tolerance approach to violence and aggression has been widely adopted in healthcare but health professionals must be flexible in how they tackle such situations
Anxiety and depression
A large-scale meta-analysis of studies of psychological treatment approaches for adults with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder shows some perform better than waiting list/usual care
Staff may lack confidence in assessing suicide risk. Introducing reflective peer review can improve skills and confidence, maximising opportunities to prevent suicide
Health professionals need to be aware of emerging novel psychoactive substances as their use is increasing, particularly among younger people
Child and adolescent mental health
Funding has been announced for eight pilot schemes to test innovative new services for children and young people with mental health issues.
The current focus on acute hospital care in the wake of the Francis report may be robbing mental health services of their nurses.
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Mental Health Blog
What will it take for people to realise that making money out of other people's misery is utterly unacceptable?
It’s Hallowe’en again, and as sure as ghouls emerge from graveyards, we have another crop of “hilarious” costumes making a joke out of mental illness.
Giving our children and young people the best start in life is vital for individuals, families and, ultimately, society.
Resources from SCIE
Research indicates that there are eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these contributes to a person’s sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care.