The Psychiatric CNS and Psychiatric NP working in Massachusetts have opportunities to inform and refer our most challenging clients with severe lifelong depression to those who are on the cutting edge of treatment. The Psychiatric CNS and Psychiatric NP will be encountering clients with implants in the near future. We have a role in continuing therapy and conventional treatment in those with implants who can now expect a higher quality of life. Psychiatric APRN’s will have opportunities to help clients form new life goals that they might have not imagined and use their capabilities to live the life they always intended to live. Novel treatments provide the opportunity to reduce the burden of illness. Psych APRN’s will be key in giving therapy and care to those emerging from a painful past and reducing the impact of depressive habits that could interfere with achieving optimum outcomes.
Psych APRN‘s (CNS and Psych NP’s) play larger roles in global mental health more often then you think. Psychiatric CNS’s and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners teach in diverse universities, take global service trips to war torn countries and guest lecture at schools of nursing in remote areas. But how do we take our skills to reach the mentally ill in those places – including the mentally ill within our own state – when when we can’t always be there? Vikram Patel describes a way to improve mental health at the local levels by training others to the “SUNDAR” model, an empowering, “dare to care” way to involve those affected by mental illness and their caregivers. As part of that, The Movement for Global Mental Health established as a platform where mental health providers and those with mental illness can stand together.