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Never turn someone away because they are ‘not thin enough’ to have anorexia

Challenge stigma around eating disorders and take opportunities to prevent illness escalating

Picture shows a stressed young woman being interviewed by another woman. The ‘place and train’ approach of individual placement and support has proved effective in keeping people with mental health conditions in jobs.

Job support a key to mental health recovery

Individual placement and support (IPS) has helped keep people with mental health conditions in work

Picture shows a woman talking to a counsellor about anxiety and depression. A five-year initiative by the WHO seeks to ensure access to high quality and affordable mental health care for an additional 100 million people in 12 countries.

WHO’s $60 million mental health initiative should not ignore nursing

Nurses are strangely absent from the World Health Organization’s five-year mental health plan

Picture shows a young man in a hospital room being reassured by a nurse, who has a hand on his shoulder. This article stresses the importance of investing in mental health nursing leadership on acute medical and surgical wards.

How good nursing leadership can champion holistic healthcare

Investment in mental health nursing leadership is vital on acute wards

Picture shows a scene from the movie Joker in which the star, Joaquin Phoenix, wearing clown makeup, is looking at a mirror on which has been written, ‘Put on a happy face.’ The article argues that Joker’s portrayal of mental illness is worrying. 

Joker distorts link between mental illness and violence

Joker is playing to packed cinemas, but its portrayal of mental illness is worrying

Illustration of female mental health service user who has been sexually abused

Sexual safety in all mental health settings is a fundamental right for service users

Sexual Safety Collaborative to have new standards to improve sexual safety on wards

Image shows adult service users in a group support meeting

Community mental health framework aims to address inequalities in services

NHS England's framework ties in with plans to develop better integration of services

Nurse with bodycam

Nurse bodycam use: a benefit or a waste of resources?

Two leading nurses discuss whether body camera use in healthcare could be beneficial

Illustration shows figure of woman standing on a signpost holding a telescope. 

Mental health transformation plan limited by nurse numbers

Ambitious NHS plan fails to acknowledge 'workforce hill we all must climb'

Remote access

Taking the service to the service user could improve rural access to mental healthcare

Roving clinics can help provide care in remote places to combat loneliness and isolation

Speak out

Why we need to hear maverick voices more in mental health nursing

In the 2019 Skellern Lecture, Mick McKeown argues for better services and a better world

Nitrous oxide

Why nitrous oxide is nothing to laugh about

This fast-acting anaesthetic gas enjoys a reputation of being harmless, but could be lethal

Why music can be a valuable tool for improving the lives of people with dementia

TV series with Line of Duty star helps to address the challenges of living with the condition

Risk, forced hospital admissions and restoring the relationship

How to restore a therapeutic relationship after forced admission to hospital

Pressure to cope is damaging our mental health

Nursing needs to acknowledge it’s okay not to be okay

Nurse-led clinical supervision role should not be eroded

Involving other health professionals may undermine nurses’ professional development

Discussing intimacy is relevant to care and recovery

Reluctance to talk about sexuality ignores the therapeutic value of intimate relationships

How we can help children and young people experiencing post-traumatic stress

We need to be more open to listening to children and young people’s views

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