School of Nursing raising awareness about mental illness

26 October 2017

The Nursing School at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney campus marked this year’s Mental Health Month with a seminar aimed at raising awareness of mental health nursing as a preferred career option.

The seminar – Mental Health: Break the Stigma – held on 12 October was supported by The University of Notre Dame Nursing Society.

Associate Professor Joanna Patching from Notre Dame’s School of Nursing said Mental Health Month is an opportune time to dismantle the stigma around mental illness, and those involved in their care.

“Nurses working in mental health are often the first point of contact and as such have a unique opportunity to influence the outcomes of those receiving treatment.

More than 40 nursing students attended the event to hear representatives from justice, forensic and community health talk about mental illness as a fulfilling career path.

Samantha Hoyer, a third-year Bachelor of Nursing student, and representative from the Nursing Society, said: “Mental Health nursing is a specialised field, where nurses primarily care for patients who are dealing with mental illness or distress.

“It was great to see so many students attend and to witness their genuine interest in learning more about how mental health nursing could become a part of their career,” said Hoyer.

The Nursing Society is committed to preserving mental health not only in the clinical setting, but in personal and collegial circles as well. Notre Dame offers a free counselling service and also encourages those in distress to access the following crisis services.

UNDA Counselling
Phone: (02) 8204 4220

Beyond Blue
Depression and anxiety helpline: 1300 22 4636
Webchat (3PM-12AM):

The Butterfly Foundation
Eating disorder helpline: 1800 33 4673
Webchat (8AM-9PM):

Psychosis helpline: 1800 18 7263
Webchat (10AM-10PM):

Crisis support: 13 11 14

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