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Figure 27.1 Community-based programs approach mental health treatment from a cooperative perspective. (credit: “Compassion” by Sonya Revell/flickr, Public Domain)

The field of psychiatric-mental health nursing is ever-evolving because of the dynamic interplay of societal changes and emerging health-care demands. From the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health to the imperative of diversity, equity, and inclusion in care, mental health nurses navigate a complex terrain that demands adaptability and dedication. Current trends and growing needs underscore the vital role of psychiatric-mental health nurses in addressing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. Their role in fostering mental well-being and advocating for equitable access to quality mental health care remains central in an ever-changing health-care landscape. This includes a renewed focus on vulnerable groups, such as victims of human trafficking, veterans, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and the homeless population.


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