Stories in Mental Health book cover

Stories in Mental Health

Reflection, Inquiry, Action

A collection of powerful first-hand stories to build empathy in students and complement Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 3e.

Stories in Mental Health:  Reflection, Inquiry, Action is an important new mental health resource. It features 27 video and audio interviews with a range of consumers, carers and clinicians that give a much-needed consumer voice to mental health care.

Working from the premise that powerfully told stories can convey lessons remembered for life, the first-hand accounts build empathy and understanding in nursing students. They also provide examples of innovative approaches to recovery-focused mental health care.

Mental health units are undertaken by all Bachelor of Nursing students in Australia and New Zealand, while mental health nursing is a specialist postgraduate area. Stories in Mental Health is therefore a valuable tool for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students alike. Its usefulness extends to Diploma of Nursing, midwifery, community health and emergency nursing students, plus academics, mental health educators and teaching organisations.

Teaching and learning strategies are driven by the concepts of Reflection, Inquiry and Action. These strategies support each story and help nursing students develop the skills, attitudes and appropriate responses for working in a range of mental health settings.

Stories in Mental Health is an excellent companion to Elder, Evans and Nizette’s Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 3e. These insightful videos are accessed online via the Elsevier Evolve platform.

Each story in Stories in Mental Health features: 

  • An introduction
  • Teaching and learning strategies - Reflection, Inquiry, Action
  • Helpful internet links
  • Text links - aligned to Part 3 of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 3e
  • References for further reading
  • A final word
  • Transcripts of all interviews included in the back of the workbook


Undergraduate nursing students and Post Graduate mental health nursing students

Paperback, 144 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-7295-4097-1


  • About the authors



    About this resource

    Part 1: Behind the scenes

    Part 2: Setting the scene

    Makhala’s story: Resilience

    Jennifer, Anne and Christine: Cultural and social inclusion

    Toby’s story: Being authentic

    Bernie’s story: The lived experience

    Jean’s story: Carers

    Toby: Recovery

    Clinical supervision: Learning about self and others

    Part 3: Stories from consumers, carers and clinicians

    Claire’s story: How mental health has changed

    Lisa’s story: Experiencing a major life transition

    Mike’s story: Facilitating empowerment

    Gordon’s story: Fatherhood

    Rachel’s story: Relating to young people

    Nadine’s story: Having a parent with a mental illness

    Tara’s story: Humanising dementia care

    Jeremy’s story: Beliefs and perceptions

    Toby’s story: Providing an accessible service

    Lorraine’s story: A creative consumer advocate

    Christine’s story: Primary mental healthcare

    Catherine’s story: Reframing personality disorder

    Louise’s story: On conversational models

    Jarrad’s story: Containing fear

    Todd’s story: Consultation liaison

    Sonja’s story: Finding strengths Collaborative practice

    Kay’s story: The social and physical impacts of alcohol

    Colleen’s story: Health education as core to mental health nursing

    Zoe’s story: Living with multiple selves

    Jay’s story: Being non-judgemental

    Bill’s story: Cultivating a therapeutic milieu



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