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Happell, Brenda; Waks, Shifra; Bocking, Julia; Horgan, Aine; Manning, Fionnuala; Greaney, Sonya; Goodwin, John; Scholz, Brett; van der Vaart, Kornelis Jan; Allon, Jerry; Hals, Elisabeth; Granerud, Arild; Doody, Rory; MacGabhann, Liam; Russell, Siobhan; Griffin, Martha; Lahti, Mari; Ellilä, Heikki; Pulli, Jarmo; Vatula, Annaliina; Platania‐Phung, Chris; Bjornsson, Einar; Biering, Pall
Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing
“I felt some prejudice in the back of my head”: Nursing students’ perspectives on learning about mental health from “Experts by Experience”
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Attitudes Consumer academics or educators Consumer participation Education of health professionals Experts by experience Mental health Mental health nursing Stereotypes of mental illness
Introduction: Consumer participation is central to mental health policy. Negative attitudes of health professionals are barriers to realizing policy goals. Evidence suggests consumers (Experts by Experience) can influence positive attitudes in nursing students. Research in this area to date is limited and primarily from Australia and New Zealand. Aim: To enhance understanding of nursing students’ perspectives and experiences of being taught mental health by an Expert by Experience. Method: A qualitative exploratory approach was used. Focus groups were conducted with nursing students from seven universities in Australia and Europe. Data were analysed thematically. Results: Student participants described how exposure to Experts by Experience challenged their views and attitudes and provided a mechanism for reflection, critique and change. The main theme “changing mindset” includes two subthemes: exposing stereotypes and reflection. Discussion: This unique international study demonstrates the capacity for Experts by Experience to contribute to positive attitudinal change towards mental illness in nursing students. This changed mindset must occur for policy goals to be realized. Implications for practice: Nurses in all areas of practice will work with people labelled with mental illness and experiencing mental distress. Overcoming stereotypes and adopting more positive attitudes is essential to deliver quality mental health care.
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