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Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing
Evidence, Practice and Empowerment

ISBN 9781138017610
Published September 16, 2016 by Routledge
514 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Awarded second place in the 2017 AJN Book of the Year Awards in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

"I welcome, at long last, a book on global mental health targeted to nurses, the front-line health worker for billions of people around the world.  The roles that nurses can, and should, play in mental health care are diverse and this book addresses both well-trod as well as emerging concerns across the continuum of care from promotion to prevention to treatment. Importantly, at the heart of this diversity is the foundation of compassion and care, the hallmark of the nursing profession." – Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in Clinical Science, Centre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Psychiatric disorders have consistently been identified as serious and significant global burdens of disease, yet meeting the needs of people in mental distress has not often been a priority in health care. This important reference work sets out the knowledge base for understanding the state of mental health care globally, and translating that into effective practice.

The Handbook provides a historical and contemporary context of mental health care, identifies and discusses evidence-based standards of care and strategies for mental health promotion and explores the need to deliver care from interdisciplinary and community-based models, placing these imperatives within a human rights and empowerment framework. It is made up of four core sections which look at:

    • Key and emerging issues that affect global mental health practice and research, including the social context of health;
    • Evidence-based health promotion strategies for major areas of practice internationally;
    • A range of country studies, reflecting different problems and approaches to mental health and mental health care internationally; and
    • What constitutes empowering practice.

The only comprehensive work looking at global perspectives on mental health nursing, this is an invaluable reference for all students, academics and professionals involved in mental health research with an interest in global or cross-cultural issues.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Historical and Contemporary Mental Health Nursing

1. Overview of Mental Health in Low, Middle and High Income Global Communities

2. Historical Overview of Psychiatric Mental Health Care

3. Mental Health Promotion

4. Social Determinants of Mental Health

5. The Effects of Culture and Stigma on Mental Health

6. Global Health Ethics and Mental Health

7. Standard of Mental Health Care: Meeting Consumer Needs

8. Mental Health Care Nursing Standards: International Perspectives

9. Transformational Leadership to Promote Well-being

Part 2: Promoting Mental Health Nursing Within Social and Cultural Contexts: Research, Best Practices and Clinical Perspectives

10. Recognizing and Managing Stress

11. Strategies for Health Promotion in Individuals Experiencing Anxiety or Anxiety Disorders

12. Suicide and Other Deliberate Self-harm Behaviors: Promoting Prevention

13. Strategies for Health Promotion in Individuals Experiencing Depression

14. Strategies for Health Promotion in Individuals Experiencing Bipolar Symptoms and Illness

15. Schizophrenia: Fostering Understanding and Facilitating Health Promotion

16. Health Promotion Strategies for Substance Use

17. Mental Health and Aging: Needs and Care of Older Adults

18. Strategies for Mental Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents

19. Strategies for Health Promotion after Violence Exposure

20. Evidence-based Mental Health Practice in a Global Context

Part 3: Cultural Voices and Human Rights: Case Exemplars

21. Deinstitutionalized Care: Jamaican Psychiatric Workers’ Viewpoints

22. Korean American and Depression

23. The Philippines: The Nurse’s Role in Bullying Prevention

24. Case Exemplar from South Africa

25. Australia: Social and Emotional Wellbeing of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population

26. Mental Health, Traditional Healers and Barriers to Care in Malawi

27. Argentina

28. Japan: Disaster Mental Health

29. A Canadian Perspective on Psychiatric Nursing Care

30. Transition Experiences for Adults with an Intellectual Disability: Theories for Compassionate Nursing Practice

Part 4: Empowerment Strategies

31. Mental Health Literacy

32. Models and Frameworks of Mental Health Care Within Community Environments

33. Conclusions and Recommendations


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Edilma L. Yearwood is a faculty member and Chair, Department of Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies, USA.

Vicki P. Hines-Martin is a tenured Professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, USA. She is also Director of the Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement at the School.