Recent mental health policy has focused on developing community-based services, but the reality remains that patients experiencing acute episodes of illness are mainly cared for in hospital settings. Acute Mental Health Nursing has been developed as a guide to the core knowledge and skills required for working in inpatient settings.
Social Inclusion and Acute Care
The idea of ‘social inclusion’ is often not considered in relation to ‘acute care’. Whereas social inclusion is about social roles, networks, relationships and community, acute care is about treatment in a crisis, sometimes requiring time away from social roles and relationships. However, if a person's social roles, networks and relationships are to be maintained over periods of acute crisis, social inclusion must be high on the agenda during periods of acute psychiatric in-patient care.
Acute episodes of mental distress can jeopardise social inclusion by disrupting family relationships, friendships, social networks, employment and social/leisure activities. A person may behave in uncharacteristic ways that are disturbing to others. They may become unable to meet the expectations of their ...