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Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals

Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals

Catherine Hungerford, Donna Hodgson, Richard Clancy, Tony Jones, Anthony Harrison, Chris Hart

ISBN: 978-1-742-16813-5

Nov 2011

511 pages


A text written for non-specialist mental health nursing courses and suitable for undergraduate students from nursing and other health disciplines which is supported by integrated online resources.

This is an adaptation of a Wiley Blackwell title by Harrison & Hart (editors), Mental Health Care for Nurses, designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students.  Mental Health Nursing is generally a core second year subject and may be taken by nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists and other health disciplines.  The focus is not on the ‘general hospital', as many nurses and other health professionals in Australia will not necessarily be working in the hospital setting.  It is important to consider the role of the ‘multidisciplinary team'.

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Chapter 1 The provision of mental health care in Australia 1
Catherine Hungerford

Chapter 2 Caring for a person with a mental illness 41
Catherine Hungerford, Tony Jones, Chris Hart, Lyn Williams, Anthony Harrison

Chapter 3 The legal and ethical context of mental health care 83
Donna Hodgson, Anthony Harrison, Lyn Williams

Chapter 4 Providing culturally appropriate mental health care 115
Catherine Hungerford

Chapter 5 Common reactions to stressful situations 161
Catherine Hungerford, Anthony Harrison

Chapter 6 Caring for a person displaying challenging behaviours 197
Donna Hodgson, Chris Hart

Chapter 7 Caring for a person with depression or anxiety 233
Richard Clancy, Gina Bird

Chapter 8 Caring for a person who has self-harmed 277
Donna Hodgson, Anthony Harrison

Chapter 9 Caring for a person with a serious mental illness 313
Richard Clancy, Bob Gardner

Chapter 10 Caring for a person with a substance-use disorder 357
Richard Clancy, Bob Gardner

Chapter 11 Caring for an older person with a mental illness 415
Tony Jones

Chapter 12 Approaches to mental health service provision 447
Catherine Hungerford

  • Integration of theory and application through use of boxed features
  • Upon Reflection - a short statement followed by 2-4 questions to encourage critical thinking
  • Big Picture - discussion of a topical issue or an article
  • In Practice - a case study relating to theory in the chapter
  • Video cases for each chapter to upload onto student web site.