Discussion: Influencing Social Change

Postan explanation of how you as a nurse practitioner might become a social change agent for psychiatric mental health. Include how you might advocate for change within your own community.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Reflect on how you might influence social change for psychiatric mental health.
Discussion: Influencing Social Change
Individuals with psychiatric mental health disorders are frequently stigmatized not only by society as a whole but also by their friends family and sometimes healthcare providers. In your role however you have the opportunity to become a social change agent for these individuals. For this Discussion consider how you might make a positive impact for your clients and advocate for social change within your own community.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
Apply strategies to become a social change agent for psychiatric mental health
Learning Resources
Note:To access this weeks required library resources please click on the link to the Course Readings List found in theCourse Materialssection of your Syllabus.
Required Readings
Angermeyer M. C. Matschinger H. & Schomerus G. (2013). Attitudes towards psychiatric treatment and people with mental illness: Changes over two decades. The British Journal of Psychiatry 203(2) 146151. Retrieved from http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/203/2/146.full
Bui Q. (2012). Antidepressants for agitation and psychosis in patients with dementia. American Family Physician 85(1) 2022. Retrieved from http://www.aafp.org/journals/afp.html
Note: Retrieved from from the Walden Library databases.
Dingfelder S. F. (2009). Stigma: Alive and well. American Psychological Association 40(6) 56. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/06/stigma.aspx
Jenkins J. H. (2012). The anthropology of psychopharmacology: Commentary on contributions to the analysis of pharmaceutical self and imaginary. Culture Medicine and Psychiatry 36(1) 7879. doi:10.1007/s11013-012-9248-0
Note: Retrieved from from the Walden Library databases.
Price L. H. (2010). Violence in America: Is psychopharmacology the answer? Brown University Psychopharmacology Update 21(5) 5. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1556-7532
Note: Retrieved from from the Walden Library databases.
Optional Resources
Bennett T. (2015). Changing the way society understands mental health. National Alliance on Mental Illness. Retrieved from http://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2015/Changing-The-Way-Society-Understands-Mental-Health
Mechanic D. (2007). Mental health services then and now. Health Affairs 26(6) 15481550. Retrieved from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/26/6/1548.full
Rothman D. J. (1994). Shiny happy people: The problem with cosmetic psychopharmacology. New Republic 210(7) 3438.

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