A new textbook edited by an Albury woman is hoped to change the way university nursing students view mental health.
Pearson Australia senior portfolio manager for higher education Mandy Sheppard has published Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Partnerships in Care.
“Where this book is different from others is the premise that every author would collaborate with a person with a mental health issue,” she said.
“In most cases these people have been really brave and added their names to the chapters.
“One of the contributors is Simon Swinson, an academic who lives with schizophrenia – he reflected on what it’s been like for him.
“Everything in the book is really raw.”
A ‘mental health consumer’ who has lived experience has collaborated with lead authors across each of the 26 chapters.
The book is modelled off an American text and was published in February.
It was first adopted by the University of the Sunshine Coast, where the mental health nursing unit has been opened as an elective to the whole university, and is attracting interest from other organisations.
Ms Sheppard said the feedback about the text had been positive.
“It’s being recognised as unique and I think it will break down stigma and make nursing students more cognisant of why mental health is so important,” she said.
“I really enjoyed working on this book because it involved people from so many walks of life, and the authors are so passionate about mental health you get swept away with them.”