Nursing students lack training in mental healthcare

Student nurses have admitted fears over a lack of mental health training.

Nursing students who are training to be adult or children’s nurses have admitted fears over their lack of knowledge about helping people who have mental health problems.

They said they had only received minimal training – sometimes only one day in a three year course – despite growing calls from senior nurses to recognise the importance of physical and mental health needs.

'It is vital to increase mental health training'

Mental Health Practice contacted the students via the Royal College of Nursing Students’ Facebook page.


One student said: ‘I’m not well prepared to look after patients' mental health needs or understand the intricacies of their medications and how to promote recovery.’

RCN general secretary Janet Davies recently told RCNi that it was important to examine ‘how we enable adult care nurses to have some mental health skills to work better with


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