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Beyond observation: self-harm in prisons

01 June 2011

Mental Health Practice


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence defines self-harm as an expression of personal distress. The main strategy at present for managing the...

Young onset dementia service provision and its effect on service users and family members

Mental Health Practice

evidence & practice

Dementia in people under the age of 65 is not well recognised and is generally treated in the same way as it is in people aged over 65. However, the evidence shows...

Understanding digital self-harm and its implications for mental health practice

26 October 2021

Mental Health Practice


Self-harm is typically described as physical harm that an individual inflicts on themselves to provide relief from unbearable emotional pain or distress, with a high...

The practice of seclusion: a review of the discourse on its use

25 April 2018

Mental Health Practice

Seclusion is an intervention used as a safety measure to manage patients who are violent, show disturbed behaviour and who pose a risk of harm to others (Department...

Research in prison: a researcher-practitioner’s view

01 April 2010

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

The prevalence of physical and mental health problems is high in prisoners compared with the general population, although health services are closing the gaps. These...

Promoting the sexual health of people living with severe mental illness

11 August 2020

Mental Health Practice


Sexual health is an important part of an individual’s overall health profile. However, for people with a severe mental illness (SMI), maintaining optimal sexual...

Supporting mental health nurses to meet patients’ spiritual needs

11 May 2021

Mental Health Practice

Holistic care

At the centre of nursing is a comprehensive model of holistic care provision that recognises each individual patient as an integrated whole with several...