What is it about?

Having a serious mental illness affects sexuality and can provoke suferring and social isolation. We have gathered different articles that explained different experiences to show which factors influence sexuality, the main ones being: clinical complications, side effects of drug treatment, social support, relationship with the health sector and stigma.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that mental health services must respond to this need, that is including sexual needs assessment among routine standard practices or training nurses on sexual educaction to allow them to advise patients and ther families and friends. Also, health systems should promote awareness programmes and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and sexuality.

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This page is a summary of: Sexuality in people living with a serious mental illness: A meta‐synthesis of qualitative evidence, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, October 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12700.
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