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.
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.
The benefits of group reflection for teamwork and individual practice
Refreshing mental health nurses’ knowledge of the characteristics of anorexia nervosa
Non-pharmacological interventions that could be used in your area of practice
Enhancing your awareness of the effects the menopause can have on mental health
Approaches mental health nurses can use to support people who engage in digital self-harm
The implementation of an intensive support team designed to provide care in a patient’s home
How remote and digitally delivered care can be combined when working alongside young people
Identifying male-specific risk factors for suicide and assessing suicidal ideation
The effects on mental health and the role of nurses in supporting the mental health of others
Continuity of care can relate to two areas – relationship and information continuity
An account of the development and implementation of a service improvement initiative