This accessible, practical text provides mental health practitioners with the core knowledge and skills they need to be able to care effectively for the physical health of those who have been diagnosed with mental illness.
Linked closely to professional standards, and with a clear values- and evidence-base, the book aims to raise awareness of the physical health needs of individuals with mental health problems, outline the physical health assessment process and suggest health enhancing interventions for use in clinical practice. Consideration will be given to the following aspects of physical wellbeing;
- cardiovascular health
- sexual health
- respiratory health
- wound care
- substance misuse
- infection control
- medicine management
Further chapters on legal and ethical issues explain the need to practise appropriately within the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, while a linking theme throughout the book stresses the importance of health promotion.
Backed up by case examples and with a range of reflective exercises throughout, The Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems is a key text for students and practitioners working in mental health services. It will also be useful reading for practice nurses, district nurses, midwives and all allied health practitioners.
Understanding how substance use, mental health and gambling problems affect older adults can help people who work with them to respond more sensitively and effectively when difficult situations arise. This easy-to-read booklet is designed to help workers and volunteers understand and recognize signs of problems. The booklet describes each of the following problem areas, as they relate to older adults: * alcohol problems * anxiety * dementia * depression * gambling problems * medication issues. Tips on communicating with older adults with each of these problems are included, as are guidelines on when to seek help. The booklet also includes: * facts about the aging process * a discussion of cultural issues * lists of organizations offering information about services for older adults with substance use, mental health and gambling challenges * further resources on the web, and in print. Administrators and managers of services and facilities for older adults are encouraged to order this booklet for their staff.