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Nursing unity can help bridge mental health gap

By working together, mental health nurses can be a powerful voice in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
Picture is abstract multicoloured illustration showing silhouettes of faces. By joining together, mental health nurses can be a powerful voice advocating for the profession and improving outcomes for individuals and communities, says Vicki Hines-Martin

By working together, mental health nurses can be a powerful voice in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, says the president of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

Poor mental health is a significant problem worldwide. It negatively and significantly affects world economies by accounting for many days lost to disability .

At the same time, services to address the needs of individuals with mental health concerns have a greater disparity in terms of availability than those for physical health issues.

In low-, middle- and high-resource settings, governments, care organisations and individual care professionals struggle to identify how best to use their limited resources to address this growing problem.

Barriers to nursing’s capacity to address mental health needs

Many overlook how nursing can bridge the gap. Nursing constitutes the largest healthcare workforce group in the

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