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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.
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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
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“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.
'The day I started to feel like a nurse'Subscription
On the day you qualified, after you’d passed the exams, collected your badge and certificate, did you feel that you were a nurse?
Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign launched by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in 2007, has achieved measurable attitudinal change in society, says Lisa Rodrigues
Jennifer Bird uses her personal experience to highlight the importance of after care and psychological dimensions of illnesses such as rectal cancer
After 17 years in a secure mental health facility, Kin’s message to mental health staff serves as a powerful reminder that you should not underestimate your ability to change the lives of those you care for
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Sharon Bird and Julie Hughes remind us of the opportunities and benefits of using volunteers, and that paid staff should not feel threatened by their involvement
When Sally Burgess was 18 years old, she found herself fascinated by the tales her Mum, a then mental health nursing student, told her about mental health care.
We talk to Janice Smyth, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland, who this year celebrated 40 years as a member of the nursing profession.
We talk to Hazel Nash, a student mental health hurse at Birmingham City University, due to qualify in December
Mental health nursing is a fascinating and rewarding career path, explains nurse manager Shannon Graham
What if I told you there was a new treatment being used to relieve depression and anxiety, and its side effects include improved fitness, weight loss and social integration? The ‘wonder drug’ in question is a smartphone game called Pokemon Go and you’re going to hear a lot about it
We talk to Cheryl Kipping, consultant nurse – dual diagnosis (coexisting mental health and substance misuse) at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, who trained as a nurse in 1978.
As part of a research project, Debbie Batstone, Jackie Waghorn and Claire Tobias trained a group of frontline mental health crisis practitioners in motivational interviewing skills. They tell us about that experience
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On the face of it, Christmas arrived early for those using and working in the increasingly beleaguered world of mental health. Not to mention a few birthdays, Hogmanays, Bar Mitzvahs and baby showers.
We talk to Georgie Relph, a community mental health nurse and care co-ordinator in an early intervention in psychosis team.
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With more and more of us living in single person households, Hazel explores the impact this is having on mental health.
Zach is an ex-soldier who’s withdrawn into a cardboard box in his kitchen. Ieuan is Zach’s friend who wants to offer assistance in the form of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, more commonly known as MDMA.
While most people will be taking an extended break from work, nurses around the country will be delivering care to the one in four of the population with a long-term condition.
After attending an engagement review at the NMC, student nurse Helen was left wondering if the branches of nursing are too seperate
Homelessness is one of the biggest public health challenges and nurses are often the ones to take the vital first steps to address it, says Anne Pearson
Iris Mtero is helping to carve out a new care pathway for emergency mental health services
Being mentored by a mental health nurse prescriber has inspired me to share an experience that challenged me to draw upon skills I learned in theory sessions and was keen to put into practice
Hello my name is Helen. I am a student nurse and an informal carer for my mum.
'Substance misuse nurses are becoming jaded'Subscription
Ishbel Straker has seen substance misuse nursing change during her career and believes services are undervaluing nurses and stunting their professional growth
We talk to Sarah Richardson, charge nurse at the psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU), Kingsley Green, Hertfordshire.
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A project involving SCIE and UCLan aims to dispel some of the anxieties that clinical staff can have around advocacy
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Penny Hibberd helps families of those with dementia spend quality time with their relative
Clinical supervision can have amazing effets, as it enables nurses and midwives to share work issues and best practice, says Chris Bassett. It must not be neglected.
So after months of campaigning, and commentators pontificating about the implications of all the different coalition permutations, we have a majority government after all.
As a member of a family who lost someone as a consequence of the Afghanistan conflict, the news of the end of British soldiers being sent there came as welcome news – and no doubt a wave of relief for those with family members serving as part of the British forces.