What is it about?
Accessing mental health care can be challenging for a number of reasons and patients experiencing poor mental health (or those with mental health labels) often face stigma and lower levels of care. It is important for all people involved in the care of those with mental illness or injury to be aware of this and to challenge it not only in their own practice, but also where observed elsewhere. This article is a comment piece, based on another article, which described the care of patients presenting to an emergency department in the US. The US article raised a number of issues that are transferrable across all areas of practice as well as across different healthcare systems.
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Why is it important?
There are a number of practices explained in the US article, which demonstrate poor practice. These include not making assumptions on elements of care such as risk and the importance of the appropriate use of language. Alongside challenging poor practice, it is important that those involved in the care of people with poor mental health (or mental health labels with good mental health) use examples of poor practice to reflect on their own bias and assumptions and consider how best to improve their own practice.
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This page is a summary of: Everything that is wrong with mental healthcare, Journal of Paramedic Practice, April 2021, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/jpar.2021.13.4.165.
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