Promoting Mental Health

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Promoting Mental Health.

The aim of this assignment will be to demonstrate my interventions designed to promote mental health and well being using current national and local policies and campaigns in relation to the patient’s identified needs as well as evidence based therapeutic interventions. Finally I will evaluate my package reflecting on its success or failure. In order to gain a better understanding of mental health promotion, it is important to gain a definition of promoting mental health. Rosie Winterton (2006) quotes ‘Mental health promotion is key to changing attitudes about mental health across society. The National framework for mental health (DOH 1999) implemented national standards and service models for promoting mental health. Rosie Winterton (2006) continues ‘the National Service Framework for mental health.. outlines the need for the promotion of mental health for whole communities in schools, the workplace and neighbourhoods, as well as combating the discrimination against individuals and groups with mental health problems, and promoting their social inclusion. As a nurse, I have a duty of care NMC (2008) to support and promote patients recovery so that he/she can be a productive member of society without feelings of feeling socially excluded. The client chosen will be called Elizabeth* for the purpose of this assignment in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008) Code of professional Conduct and Data Protection Act (1998) which require health care professionals to protect and maintain their clients confidentiality. Elizabeth is a 38 year old woman who originates from Didsbury. Elizabeth is currently an inpatient on an adult psychiatric ward. Elizabeth was referred on recommendations from her Drugs Misuse worker. Elizabeth presented with signs of self neglect, low self esteem, feeling faint, disorientated, anxiety, irritability and aggression amongst others. Elizabeth has recently separated from her husband with whom she had no children. This was due to her cannabis addiction; this caused problems between Elizabeth and her husband mentally, emotionally and financially. Elizabeth is now living with her mother, having accumulated debts to dealers, led to Elizabeth’s low mood and admission. During the initial interview Elizabeth claimed she had been dependant on cannabis since the age of 14. She had been admitted onto the ward for a detoxification from drugs on the recommendation from her Drug Worker and husband who felt her drug taking was affecting her mental health. It is my duty to work in partnership with Elizabeth, to make her feel in control of her life and to successfully recover her from her drug dependence in accordance with the National Service Framework (NSF 1999) standard 1 which states, ‘health and social services should combat discrimination against individuals and groups with mental health problems, and promote their social inclusion’. To promote Elizabeth’s mental health I will need to assess her needs. ‘A need is a problem or barrier that makes people or communities less healthy than they can be..or interferes with optimum health’ Bradshaw (1972). The nursing care begins with a comprehensive, systematic and accurate assessment. (Shives 2005). It would be vital to gain as much information as possible from Elizabeth and any other relevant sources in order to evaluate Elizabeth needs. (Barker 2003) state’s ‘collections of relevant information..contributes to an overall evaluation’. This information would assist me in formulating a psycho-educational package. I prioritised her needs in identifying and implementing care using Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time framed’. (SMART) model DOH (2001). I introduced myself to Elizabeth as her Nurse. It is important to establish a therapeutic and understanding relationship with Elizabeth in order for recovery to take place. This can be achieved through communication. Communication is the key to gaining trust in any...
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