Emergency Departments play a key role in the care of patients with acute mental health conditions.

Mental health related problems are wide ranging and require a specialised skillset to effectively assess and manage. The management of these vulnerable patients can often prove challenging to emergency nursing staff.

The resources within this module will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to support patients suffering from a mental health illness.

Mental health considerations in the Emergency Department
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Beyond Blue
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
College mental health fact sheets

Emergency departments and mental health care

Wand, T., D’Abrew, N., Acret, L., & White, K. (2016). Evaluating a new model of nurse-led Emergency Department mental health care in Australia; perspectives of key informants. International Emergency Nursing, 24, 16-21.

Wise-Harris, D., Pauly, D., Kahan, D., De Bibiana, J. T., Hwang, S. W., & Stergiopoulos, V. (2017). “Hospital was the only option”: Experiences of frequent Emergency Department users in mental health. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 44(3), 405-412.

Cleary, M., Jackson, D., Woods, C., Kornhaber, R., Sayers, J., & Usher, K. (2017). Experiences of health professionals caring for people presenting to the Emergency Department after taking crystal methamphetamine (“ICE”). Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(1), 33-41. doi:10.1080/01612840.2016.1251516

Moxham, L., Reid-Searl, K., Dwyer, T., Robson, P., & Broadbent, M. (2013). Nursing student’s adult mental health survival guide. Sydney: Pearson.