Caring for people with mental health conditions in general clinical settings
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Caring for people with mental health conditions in general clinical settings

Katy Lowe HIV mental health liaison nurse, HIV Liaison Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the symptoms and causes of various mental health conditions

  • To enhance patient safety by being aware of the risks associated with mental health conditions, such as suicide and self-harm

  • To understand the communication skills that can be used to improve care and support for people with mental health conditions

Nurses often care for people with mental health conditions in general clinical settings. In these situations, they have a responsibility to ensure that the individual’s physical, social and psychological needs are assessed and met. Nurses practising in general clinical settings should be familiar with the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of people with mental health conditions. This article aims to provide nurses practising in general clinical settings with an understanding of such conditions and the associated effects on an individual’s physical health. It also details the signs and symptoms of various mental health conditions, and outlines the communication skills that nurses can use when caring for people with these conditions in general clinical settings.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11263

Peer review

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

Correspondence

katy.lowe@slam.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Lowe K (2019) Caring for people with mental health conditions in general clinical settings. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11263

Published online: 13 May 2019

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