Improving Mental Health Awareness : AJN The American Journal of Nursing

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Improving Mental Health Awareness

Sabella, Donna PhD, MEd, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

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AJN, American Journal of Nursing 121(9):p 66-69, September 2021. | DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000790660.73133.d8

It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mental illness and to take action to ensure people experiencing mental health problems receive the assistance and treatment they need. For nurses, this is as true at home as it is at work, particularly so when a person is exhibiting aggressive tendencies or other behaviors that could potentially lead to harm. With the COVID-19 crisis leading many family members to live more closely together for extended periods, nurses should be able to identify concerning behaviors and know what to do if they observe these in their loved ones.

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