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  1. Introduction
  2. Meanings and definitions of health
  3. Mr. Smith's needs
  4. Five models and approaches to health promotion
  5. Relaxation therapy at the day hospital
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

The aim of this essay is to discuss health and maximizing the health and well being of a client with mental health problems. Factors, which can enhance the health and social well being of the client, such as anxiety management and relaxation therapy, will be identified; the role of the nurse in the promotion of the health and social well being of the client will be described. The client concerned attends a day hospital for elderly individuals with mental health problems. For reasons of confidentiality the client will be referred to under the pseudonym of Mr. Smith. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2002) have implemented The Code of Professional Conduct in order to protect the public and states in clause five that " As a registered nurse or midwife, you must protect confidential information" (NMC, 2002, p.7).

[...] He has now learned to cope with his anxiety and has a greater understanding of how this affects him and his family. He admittedly still lacks motivation at home, but with the intervention of the outreach workers and his family, he hopes to overcome this. The initial ideation of Mr. Smith taking his own life seems to have gone, however the initial concept of suicide is of great concern to his family and the multi disciplinary team. This will be monitored closely as Mr. [...]


[...] and Simnett, I. (1999). Promoting Health. A Practical Guide. 4th Edition. London: Harcourt Brace and Company Limited. Gorman, P. (1998). Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams in the NHS. London: Kogan Page Limited. Gross, R.D. (2001). Psychology. The Science of Mind and Behaviour. 3rd Edition. London: Hodder and Stoughton. Kenworthy, N., Snowley, G. and Gilling, C. (2002). Common Foundation Studies in Nursing. 3rd Edition. London: Harcourt Publishers Limited. Mallik, M., Hall. C and Howard, D. (1998). Nursing Knowledge [...]


[...] This approach to health promotion is a positive approach as it considers health as the property of the individual (Naidoo and Wills, 2000). One disadvantage of this approach is that it can be a lengthy process and benefits may not be visible in the short term (Naidoo and Wills, 2000). Naidoo and Wills (2000) show that there is an intricate relationship between individual behavior, and social and environmental factors. An individual's behavior may be a reaction to the circumstances in which they live and the sources of these circumstances (for example, unemployment, poverty) are outside their control and influence their health (Naidoo and Wills, 2000). [...]

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