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Mental Health Nursing

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (WHO, 2014, Mental health: a state of well-being). Use this guide to find information resources about mental health including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 24/08/2017

RCN Publications

Royal College of Nursing (2017) Child and adolescent mental health. London: RCN.

Royal College of Nursing (2017) Child and adolescent mental health, London: RCN.

Royal College of Nursing (2014) Mental health in children and young people: an RCN toolkit for nurses who are not mental health specialists, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2014) Mental health in children and young people: an RCN toolkit for nurses who are not mental health specialists, London: RCN.
Provision of mental health care for adults who have a learning disability Royal College of Nursing (2014) Provision of mental health care for adults who have a learning disability, London: RCN.
Frontline First Turning back the clock?: RCN report on mental health services in the UK Royal College of Nursing (2014) Turning back the clock? RCN report on mental health services in the UK, London: RCN.

Legislation and statutory guidance

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Department of Health (2015) Mental Health Act 1983: code of practice. Presented to Parliament pursuant to section 118 of the Mental Health Act 1983, Department of Health, Norwich: Stationery Office.
Parliament (1983) Mental Health Act, London: HMSO.
Parliament (2005) Mental Capacity Act, London: Stationery Office.
Department of Health and Social Services (1986) The Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order, Edinburgh: HMSO.
Scottish Executive (2000) Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, Edinburgh: Stationery Office.
Scottish Executive (2003) Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act, Edinburgh: Stationery Office.
The Scottish Government (2012) Mental Health Strategy for Scotland, Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.
Welsh Government (2016) The Mental Health Act 1983 code of practice for Wales, Cardiff: Llywodraeth Cymru.
Welsh Government (2012) Together for mental health: a strategy for mental health and wellbeing in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Reviews and reports

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Health Education England (2017) Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England, HEE: London.
Department of Health (2006) From values to action: the Chief Nursing Officer's review of mental health nursing, London: DH.
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (2007) Bamford review of mental health and learning disability, Belfast: DH.
Scottish Executive (2006) Rights, relationships and recovery: the report of the national review of mental health nursing in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.

Other resources and guidance

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NHS Evidence guidance search: Mental health.
NHS Education for Scotland (2014) Mental health and learning disabilities resources, Edinburgh: NHS Education for Scotland.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2016) SIGN mental health guidelines (2001-2016), Edinburgh: SIGN.
  • Guidelines 145, 131, 114 and 112 cover mental health and behavioural conditions.
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The Cochrane Library: Mental health.
  • Systematic reviews related to Mental Health Nursing
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We would like to thank the RCN Mental Health member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Townsend M (2011) Essentials of psychiatric mental health nursing: concepts of care in evidence-based practice, Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Townsend M (2011) Essentials of psychiatric mental health nursing: concepts of care in evidence-based practice, Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Barber P, Brown R and Martin D (2012) Mental health law in England and Wales: a guide for mental health professionals, London: Learning Matters. Barber P, Brown R and Martin D (2012) Mental health law in England and Wales: a guide for mental health professionals, London: Learning Matters.
Hulatt I (2014) Mental health policy for nurses, London: SAGE. Hulatt I (2014) Mental health policy for nurses, London: SAGE.
Mucic D & Hilty D (eds) (2015) e-Mental Health, Cham: Springer International Publishing. Mucic D & Hilty D (eds) (2015) e-Mental Health, Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Murphy R (2013) Mental health law in nursing, London: SAGE. Murphy R (2013) Mental health law in nursing, London: SAGE.
Roberts D (2013) Psychosocial nursing care: a guide to nursing the whole person, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Roberts D (2013) Psychosocial nursing care: a guide to nursing the whole person, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Norman I (2013) The art and science of mental health nursing: principles and practice, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Norman I (2013) The art and science of mental health nursing: principles and practice, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Patel V (2014) Global mental health: principles and practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press Patel V (2014) Global mental health: principles and practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Stickley T (2014) Theories for mental health nursing: a guide for practice, London: SAGE. Stickley T (2014) Theories for mental health nursing: a guide for practice, London: SAGE.
Townsend M (2011) Essentials of psychiatric mental health nursing: concepts of care in evidence-based practice, Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis. Townsend M (2014) Psychiatric nursing: assessment, care plans, and medications, Philadelphia, PA: F A Davis.
Walker S (2015) Psychosocial interventions in mental health nursing, London: Learning Matters. Walker S (2015) Psychosocial interventions in mental health nursing, London: Learning Matters.
Wrycraft N (2015) Assessment and care planning in mental health nursing, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Wrycraft N (2015) Assessment and care planning in mental health nursing, Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Book subject searches

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Journal articles

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Journals

Journal titles of interest for mental health. Use these links to see details of availability.

Reading Well - Books on Prescription

Reading Well: Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions.
  • These books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing a variety of common mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety. They are endorsed by health professionals.
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Events and Exhibitions

Online materials from the Royal College of Nursing’s Out of the Asylum: the history of mental health nursing exhibition (displayed from October 2015 - March 2016).
  • This timeline shows how mental health nursing has evolved through the years, organised by themes including “Environment”, “Treatment”, “Education” and “Legislation”.
    RCN: History of mental health nursing

Nursing History Collection

Barker P (1999) From the ashes of experience: reflections on madness, survival and growth, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Barker P (1999) From the ashes of experience: reflections on madness, survival and growth, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Norman I (2013) The art and science of mental health nursing: principles and practice, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Nolan P (1993) A history of mental health nursing, London: Chapman & Hall.
McCrae N (2016) The story of nursing in British mental hospitals: echoes from the corridors, Abingdon: Routledge McCrae N (2016) The story of nursing in British mental hospitals: echoes from the corridors, Abingdon: Routledge

Special Collections

Medico-Psychological Association (1893) Handbook for attendants on the insane, London: Bailliere, Tindall and Cox.
Beardshaw V (1981) Conscientious objectors at work: mental hospital nurses, a case study, London: Social Audit.
Rippere V (1985) Wounded healers: mental health workers Rippere V (1985) Wounded healers: mental health workers' experiences of depression, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Historical Journals

Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing (1888-1956)
“Trained Attendant” (1895) Association of asylum workers: letter to the editor of “The Nursing Record”, The Nursing Record & Hospital World, 31 August, pp.138-139.
Ministry of Health (1944) War and mental health: few cases of “Blitz” neurosis. The British Journal of Nursing. 92, December, pp.139.
Board of Control (1946) The Mental Health Service in war time. 1945 admissions highest on record: record number of discharges. The British Journal of Nursing. 94, December, pp140.
(No author) (1955) From madhouse to mental hospital, The British Journal of Nursing, July, Pp. 77.

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