Opinion, analysis and debate
The flurry of press releases this week signalled the approach of World Mental Health Day, as did the timing of a few new policy pledges from the UK governments and their arm’s-length bodies.
The high profile case of Billy Caldwell, who has a severe form of epilepsy, brought the therapeutic benefit of cannabis into the headlines.
Do mental health nurses have the appropriate skills and knowledge to look after patients’ physical health needs?
I’m having coffee with a nurse friend. She has been doing what she does for 15 years and can’t remember the last time her feet didn’t hurt. She is on her fourth espresso and has the wide-eyed stare of a kitten that has just seen wool for the first time. She leans across the table and says; “I’m thinking of making a break for it.”
Are we taking mental health seriously enough?Subscription
In recent years, mental health has been a topic that has received increased coverage – not least due to changing attitudes and effective public campaigns aimed at removing the stigma surrounding the area.
Call me crass and irresponsible but I hope you find a way to treat yourself at Christmas
Some of you will be familiar with the slightly scary social psychology research known as the ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’. It investigated the psychological effects of perceived power and took place in 1971.
Dr. Sarah Butchard and Professor Peter Kinderman share their thoughts on caring for those with dementia.
A new study just released by UK researchers found that exposure to targeted, personal and verbal aggression by patients can adversely affect mental health nurses’ decision-making regarding physical restraint, explains Kim Sanders.
'If I can become a nurse, so can you'Subscription
When John Templeton was medically discharged from the British Army in 1998, he may have left the battlefield, but it did not leave him.
Something happened a few weeks ago that was rather exciting. I’ve often replied to Jeremy Hunt’s musings on Twitter but never expected a reply back. Recently I got one.
Discovering the Safewards Model has helped mental health nurse, Helen Croft, and her colleagues create an ‘air of positivity’ in their service by helping patients and staff understand each other better
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Many conferences which purport to tackle student mental health issues are more concerned with making money than helping those in higher education
Dorcas Gwata started as a hospital cleaner, and now she’s a clinical nurse specialist who works with young people affected by gangs
The opportunity to merge clinical work and research has been a true success in the eyes of Dr Joseph Manning, a clinical-academic senior research fellow in children, young people and family nursing, who works across Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Coventry University and The University of Nottingham.
A nurse in a psychologists' environmentSubscription
In his multi-faceted and non-traditional role, nurse therapist Clyde Wright is helping to improve mental health care, and particularly the treatment offered to individuals with personality disorders
'Nursing is much more fulfilling if you challenge yourself, keep learning and keep moving'Subscription
“I enjoy the challenge of joining new services and making sense out of the chaos,” specialist clinician, Shirley Nicholls tells me with a laugh. As we talk, it becomes clear that becoming involved with new projects and services has sparked her interest throughout her nearly 30-year nursing career.
Two key documents were published for consultation last week, namely draft safe staffing guidance on NHS community teams and mental health providers.
Standing beside Glyn Goodchild, we look at his 55-year long career – complete with its peaks and valleys – from the vantage point of an impending retirement.
This is a different kind of blog. It’s about students, but isn’t addressed to students – it’s addressed to the mentors, practice facilitators and healthcare staff everywhere.