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Undergraduate mental health nursing education in Australia : more than mental health first aid

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Brenda Happell, R Wilson, P McNamara
Mental Health First Aid training is designed to equip people with the skills to help others who may be developing mental health problems or experiencing mental health crises. This training has consistently been shown to increase: (1) the recognition of mental health problems; (2) the extent to which course trainees’ beliefs about treatment align with those of mental health professionals; (3) their intentions to help others; and (4) their confidence in their abilities to assist others. This paper presents a discussion of the potential role of Mental Health First Aid training in undergraduate mental health nursing education. Three databases (CINAHL, Medline, and PsycINFO) were searched to identify literature on Mental Health First Aid. Although Mental Health First Aid training has strong benefits, this first responder level of education is insufficient for nurses, from whom people expect to receive professional care. It is recommended that: (1) Mental Health First Aid training be made a pre-requisite of pre-registration nurse education, (2) registered nurses make a larger contribution to addressing the mental health needs of Australians requiring care, and (3) current registered nurses take responsibility for ensuring that they can provided basic mental health care, including undertaking training to rectify gaps in their knowledge.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

22

Issue

4

Start Page

433

End Page

438

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

1876-7575

ISSN

1322-7696

Location

Netherlands

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Cairns & Hinterland Mental Health Service; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); TBA Research Institute; University of New England;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Collegian.

Exports

CQUniversity

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