Well-being, physical and mental health: part 1
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Well-being, physical and mental health: part 1

Sheila Hardy Post-doctoral researcher, University of Hull, and practice nurse educator, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, England
Bob Price Healthcare education and training consultant, England

This article explains how physical health fits into the overall well-being of a person and why people with a mental illness are more likely than the rest of the population to experience poor physical health. It represents the first article in a series on body and mind, well-being and how physical and mental health issues interact as focal points for the work of mental health nurses.

Historically, mental health and physical health have been conceived in western healthcare as separate domains and our preparation of registered nurses for practice has often reflected this. However, in this series, case studies are used to show how closely physical and mental health interact and how the two are important to sustain a state of well-being. The series is designed to help registered nurses reflect on their current practice and to help students to anticipate the range of care requirements that may be needed when a service user comes into their care.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1320


Hardy S, Price B (2018) Well-being, physical and mental health: part 1. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1320

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 19 December 2018

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