The Importance Of Mental Health In Nursing

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Health is defined by the World Health Organisation as the overall physical, mental and social state of well-being. In Australia, mental illness is one of the leading causes of absence at work and the inability to work long-term. The World Health Organisation defined mental health as a state where individuals can cope with stress to realise their potential and work productively contributing to her or his community. Mental health conditions are said to cost Australian organisations AUD$11 to AUD$12 billion each year from absenteeism, weakened work performance, increased turnovers and claims. One in six people of working age is estimated to suffer from mental illness, most commonly depression and anxiety, and is associated with increased personal and economic costs. Mental health difficulties are oftentimes conceptualised as incapability to work effectively, however, majority of mental illness in the workplace is treatable and some are preventable. Nursing, as a ‘helping profession’, is a demanding, high-risk and stressful profession that exposes the nurses to both acute and chronic stressors that may lead to mental disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder or secondary traumatic stress. This essay will discuss about the mental health in the nursing profession, particularly examining the workplace factors that impact on nurses’ mental health and evidence based strategies that build self-resilience. Stress is among the most common workplace hazards for nurses and is
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