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Non-talking therapies offer many benefits

Kathryn Cox describes her experiences in seeing how people respond to non-traditional therapies

I am a year two student mental health nurse. That means that the past 18 months has been a bit of a whirlwind, with hours of theory, navigating the models behind the learning and attempting to see how it all slots into clinical practice.

There is no doubt there are many schools of thought within mental health and they can appear to battle each other like fighters in a ring, each leaning against opposite ropes.

The mental health medication industry is worth billions, and while there is obviously a need for this mode of treatment surely as nurses we need to provide successful therapies that can work as a substitute or along side medications. I first met the associate lecturer and play therapist Matthew Hemson while attending an end-of-year conference at UWE Bristol.

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About Mental Health Nursing

This special themed edition of Mental Health Nursing is on art and therapy in mental health. It includes: - Articles on the history and use of art therapy in modern practice - Service user views - Reflections on using arts therapies - Part one of a comic series on suicide prevention - Student perspective - Interview with a head arts therapist