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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Understanding loneliness and its relationship with mental health issues

Understanding loneliness and its relationship with mental health issues

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your understanding of the causes and effects of loneliness • To recognise the link between loneliness and mental health issues • To identify different ways to support people who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought loneliness and related issues to the forefront of public awareness. Most people will have experienced some form of social isolation or loneliness during the repeated lockdowns and shielding requirements that were introduced to reduce the spread of infection. Mental health issues can also lead to loneliness and social isolation, while loneliness can produce similar signs and symptoms to mental health issues or exacerbate such issues. This article explores the concept of loneliness and its effects and describes how, in its most severe form, it can result in significant mental and physical harm. The article also considers what mental health practitioners, including nurses, can do to support people at risk of or experiencing loneliness.

Exploring the benefits of group reflection on mental health issues for trauma nurses

Exploring the benefits of group reflection on mental health issues for trauma nurses

The benefits of group reflection for teamwork and individual practice

Exploring quality of life in women with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa

Exploring quality of life in women with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa

Refreshing mental health nurses’ knowledge of the characteristics of anorexia nervosa

Promoting alternatives to PRN medicines in secure inpatient mental health services

Promoting alternatives to PRN medicines in secure inpatient mental health services

Non-pharmacological interventions that could be used in your area of practice

Improving recognition and support for women experiencing the menopause

Improving recognition and support for women experiencing the menopause

Enhancing your awareness of the effects the menopause can have on mental health

Understanding digital self-harm and its implications for mental health practice

Understanding digital self-harm and its implications for mental health practice

Approaches mental health nurses can use to support people who engage in digital self-harm

Counselling

How to develop an intensive support team for older people in mental health crisis

The implementation of an intensive support team designed to provide care in a patient’s home

Delivering specialist care to children and young people involved with youth justice services during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: specialist care for children and young people in youth justice services

How remote and digitally delivered care can be combined when working alongside young people

Risk factors for male suicide: a crisis resolution and home treatment team perspective

Identifying male-specific risk factors for suicide and assessing suicidal ideation

Role and needs of nurses in managing the mental health effects of COVID-19

Role and needs of nurses in managing the mental health effects of COVID-19

The effects on mental health and the role of nurses in supporting the mental health of others

Investigating continuity of care in a mental health crisis resolution team service

Investigating continuity of care in a mental health crisis resolution team service

Continuity of care can relate to two areas – relationship and information continuity

Implementing the Four Core Care Plans across a large independent mental health organisation to improve practice

Implementing the Four Core Care Plans across a mental health organisation

An account of the development and implementation of a service improvement initiative

Supporting mental health nurses to meet patients’ spiritual needs

Spirituality in healthcare and how it can be integrated into mental health nurses’ practice

Mental health issues in children: primary school teachers’ experiences and needs

Mental health nurses could help train and support primary school teachers

Digital monitoring alongside psychosocial interventions in patients who self-harm

Service evaluation of the potential for digital self-monitoring of patients’ well-being

Staff perspectives on using the Recovery Star in mental health inpatient rehabilitation

Recovery Star is a staff tool to support recovery of adults using mental health services

Substance use disorder: evaluating the Addiction Recovery Coaching exercise programme

A service evaluation undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of the ARC exercise programme

Effects of dance on mood and potential of dance as a mental health intervention

Mental health nurses could consider using dance as a mental health intervention

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