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Figure 26.1 Community-based programs approach mental health treatment from a cooperative perspective. (credit: “Compassion” by Sonya Revell/flickr, Public Domain)

Recovery from mental illness is often a prolonged and complex journey, significantly challenged by access and adherence to treatment. These obstacles include stigma and discrimination, limited geographic access to services, a shortage of health-care professionals, financial constraints, insufficient support, and nonadherence to treatment protocols. Despite these complications, the integration of adjunctive treatments alongside conventional methods can enhance recovery outcomes and foster greater treatment compliance.

Nurses play a crucial role in this integrative approach to care. Nurses in collaboration with other health-care professionals contribute to the implementation of adjunctive treatments. Their responsibilities in this context encompass a range of activities, including client education, monitoring treatment adherence, providing emotional support, and facilitating access to various therapeutic interventions. Nurses are often the primary point of contact for clients, which positions them uniquely to assess client needs, offer guidance on managing side effects, and advocate for individualized care plans that incorporate adjunctive therapies. These therapies might include psychotherapy, lifestyle modifications, and complementary therapies, all of which can be instrumental in addressing the holistic needs of individuals with mental illness. By actively participating in the delivery of adjunctive treatments, nurses can help reduce the barriers to recovery and promote a more comprehensive, client-centered approach to mental health care that improves overall client outcomes and quality of life (Mongelli et al., 2020).


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