Instructional Guide for Mental Health Nurses to promote mental health hygiene for the Prevention of Relapses and Readmission

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Subject Area:Nursing

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Databases searched, limited to the years2012 and 2018, will include ProQuest, ERIC, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, and EBSCO. The search is limited to the years 2012-2018 to ensure that current evidence-based literature is reviewed and summarized for the purpose of this project. Then A summary of the review of the literature is presented. Mental health hygiene is a concept that has not been receiving much mainstream attention especially among healthy individuals. From young age children are taught the importance of physical hygiene and it even forms part of their school curriculum but mental health hygiene is not given the same regard. Alternatively used definitions include the overall state of being well or the state of being of a rational thinking and beliefs and attitudes.

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Mental hygiene on the other hand is widely accepted as one of the means of achieving mental health. Mental hygiene also includes undertaking activities such as psychotherapy and reaching out to a patient’s support system when faced with a mentally disturbing issue. These definitions are not universally accepted but their usage is wide enough to create confidence in their use among medical professionals. Advocates of mental hygiene insist and promote mental hygiene as a new preventive approach to mental illness. After all, it is in the nurses interest that the patients are not readmitted. The guide gives them more knowledge and skill to ensure patients who pass through them are trained on the right mental hygiene habits for their condition for during the treatment and even after when they resume their normal lives.

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The leading cause of relapse in psychiatric patients include poor psychotic medical management, stress in life and poor family support system. A guide giving nurses an overview of such factors can assist them in coming up with approaches to design mental hygiene practices for their different patients. For example, a mental health nurse who has regular contact with a patient is most likely to know that particular patient’s family situation. Community mental health nursing in Alberta, Canada: An oral history. Nursing History Review, 20, 103. Cleary, M. , Walter, G. , Hunt, G. C. The performance of the social visiting nurse as a Monitor of mental hygiene (1927-1942). Revista de Pesquisa Cuidado é Fundamental Online, 3(5). de Aguiar Júnior, V. S. Doyle, L & Keogh, B.

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, Reducing relapse in psychosis through medication management. , Mental Health Practice, 11, (9), 2008, p32 - 35 Hallett, N. , & Rees, H. Reducing health inequalities for people with serious mental illness. , Hawking, M. K. , & McNulty, C. A. School Nurses’ perspectives on the role of the school nurse in health education and health promotion in England: a qualitative study. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, The, 34(3), 34. Mwebe, H. Physical health monitoring in mental health settings: a study exploring mental health nurses’ views of their role. Journal of clinical nursing, 26(19-20), 3067-3078. Norman, L. , & Rariden, M. Embedded mental health: promotion of psychological hygiene within a submarine squadron. Military medicine, 182(7), e1675-e1680. Sabella, D. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: When Caring for the Body Isn't Enough. , & Grypdonck, M. H. F. An intervention study to prevent relapse in patients with schizophrenia.

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