March's 2-Part Challenge!

Student Mental Health

& Advocacy

Nursing students represent the next generation nurse. As they learn and develop their practice, it is important to ensure that they are able to enter into the workforce as healthy as possible. By being mentally well, new nurses will be be able to support their healthcare teams while providing safe quality care. Becoming an ally and advocate to others is also much easier when we feel good ourselves. In order to be the best possible mental health advocate for others requires us to be mentally well ourselves and "practice what we preach." Whether you are a student nurse, newly graduated/licensed RN, or even a senior RN, this challenge will allow you to practice a strategy that is known to be mental health promoting: CBT.

1. ) Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), is a widely used psychotherapeutic intervention that focuses on changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes we all experience from time to time. Mental health professionals use CBT strategies to treat a variety of conditions, but they can also be invaluable for us to utilize in our day-to-day lives. CBT can help you improve your ability to emotionally regulate, develop positive coping behaviours, and target issues that are negatively impacting your life. Click the icon below to get started!

2.) It can be hard to admit we need help or ask for better services. Take stock of your classrooms, clinical settings, and future workplaces. Is there something you want to change? Is there something you need? Contemplate what is important to you and your fellow nursing students. Click on the icon below to start what we think will be a fun and creative opportunity to make a difference in something meaningful to you!

 

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