Mental illness is an equal opportunity illness that affects people of all ages, races and
income levels. Mental health nurses help patients who suffer from mental illness to
recover their mental health so that they can live to their fullest potential.
Mental health nurses are experts in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of
psychiatric disorders. They work as members of an interdisciplinary treatment
team that provides well-rounded medical care for the whole person.
With appropriate training, these professionals:
Evaluate patients’ mental health needs
Write and evaluate treatment plans
Deliver psychotherapy and other interventions
Provide personal and supportive care
Coordinate care with families, physicians and other caregivers