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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses is the pre-eminent and authoritative voice of the mental health nursing profession in Australia. It provides leadership to, and advocacy for, mental health issues across the mental health sector and nursing, and sets national standards of practice in mental health nursing.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses seeks to represent the profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. In addition, the ACMHN sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. Importantly, the ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses believes that mental health nursing is a unique interpersonal process, which promotes and maintains behaviours that contribute to integrated functioning for individuals and communities. Mental health nursing is therapeutic in itself in the caring, honest and trusting relationship it conveys. Mental health nursing embodies the concept of caring by supporting clients who are unable to maintain mental, social or physical health functions for themselves and empowers the client to take an active role in self-advocacy and self-care.

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LGBTI mental health

The rates of psychosocial distress, suicidality and depression amongst LGBTI community are significantly higher than the rest of the population as a whole.

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About Mental Health Nursing | ACMHN

What is mental health nursing?

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Addiction and mental health

It is estimated that around 50% of people with severe mental illnesses are affected by substance abuse.

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Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in Australia. One in four people will experience an anxiety disorder at some stage of their lives.

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Chronic illness and depression

There are a number of chronic physical illnesses that have been associated with depression and research suggests that over 40% of Australians with a mental illness also have chronic physical illness.

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Promoting good mental health

Good mental health plays a significant part in overall health and wellbeing. Maintaining good mental health is just as important as good physical health.

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness that involves symptoms of disturbances of thinking, feelings, perception and motivation.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness in which people can go between periods of elevated or ‘high’ moods (mania) and depressed or ‘low’ moods (depression).

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Depression

Depression is more than just a ‘low mood’. People with depression experience persistent negativity, sadness and difficulty coping.

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Mental illness: facts from fiction

There are many myths surrounding mental illness, many of which stigmatise those with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and the myriad of other mental illnesses. Here are some quick clarifcations.

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