Working in Mental Health

Mental health nurses care for people with mental health problems in hospitals and in the community. They help patients to overcome their ill health, or to come to terms with it, so that they can lead as normal a life as possible.

On the job

Mental health nurses are at the front line in providing support for people suffering from a range of mental health problems. They work with GPs, psychiatrists, social workers and others to co-ordinate care. In recent years, there has been a significant shift from hospitals to the community as the setting for mental health care.

Nurses work in people’s homes, in small residential units, and in local health centres with considerable autonomy in how they plan and deliver care. At the same time, they are key players in a multi-agency team. The one-to-one personal relationships that mental health nurses form with people are at the heart of the care process.

As a mental health nurse you are likely to be dealing with people of all ages and from a wide range of backgrounds. As your career develops you may choose to specialise in areas such as drugs and alcohol misuse or working with offenders. You could also become involved in education, research, or management roles.

The key challenge for you as a mental health nurse is to use your specialist skills, and personal strengths, to help people come to terms with their problems. The important factors in this therapeutic relationship are the ability to listen and draw information out, and then to help people find means of coping with their problems. Involving family, friends and other contacts will often be part of your role.

Another challenge is to identify if and when a person may be at risk of harming themselves or others; so one of the skills you’ll learn is spotting the build-up of tension and ways of defusing

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