21 Aug Rise and Demand in Mental Health Nurses

Mental Health; The Stats…

Ireland and the UK are becoming more and more aware of mental health and its effect on people of all ages. Statistics show that 1 in 4 people in the UK, and in fact around the world, will experience a mental health condition each year and that 1 in 3 sick notes issued by GPs are for mental health problems.

More and more people are coming forward and opening up about their struggles with mental health conditions. Even the Royal Family have been opening up about mental health, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their Heads Together Campaign, and Prince Harry going public with The Guardian about seeking counseling to help process his mother’s death.

For some people mental health conditions can be triggered by life events such as divorce or death, whilst others have long term psychological conditions diagnosed at an early age. Previously thought to be a character fault of weakness, research now shows that there are many factors, including genetics contributing to mental health episodes.

A Shortage in Mental Health Nurses

It is already recognised that there is a shortage of Mental Health Nurses throughout Ireland and the UK. According to a statement from Saffron Cordery, Director of Policy and Strategy/Deputy CEO at NHS Providers “Over 70% of mental health leaders [told] us last year they expect demand to rise further”.  With a rise in acceptance and awareness, and subsequently a rise in mental health diagnoses and demand, more and more Mental Health Nurses are being sought out by NHS Trusts and private hospitals to meet the needs of these patients.

A Truly Rewarding Career Path

Mental Health Nursing is a truly rewarding career path. Some Mental Health Nurses work on psychiatric wards or outpatient units helping people with a variety of conditions including depression, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Others work within GP surgeries, prisons, health care centers, or even visiting patients in their own homes.

With the ability to be based in the community or within a hospital setting and positions available throughout the country, Mental Health Nurses in Ireland and the UK truly have the incredible opportunity to help people whilst keeping flexibility within their role. These nurses work with their clients to promote psychological and physical well-being and emotional health.

Mental Health Nurses work as part of a mental health team supporting clients through the recovery process, often liaising with doctors, social workers and other health professionals to agree and review care plans and administer medication. They are responsible for planning and providing support to people in hospitals, at home or other settings. They help to combat stigma and build relationships with patients. By building these critical relationships they can be influential in helping patients and their families deal with the diagnosis and recovery.

Here at HealthConex we recognise the impact that mental health conditions can have and the positive input Mental Health Nurses bring to the quality of their patients’ lives. We work with some of the largest healthcare organisations in both Ireland and the UK. To place the highest quality of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse candidates into successful and rewarding positions in both public and private settings.