History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

History in Practice : Community-Informed Mental Health Curriculum Davies, Megan Jean, 1959-


Five decades ago, the Canadian mental health system was turned inside out. Nearly 50,000 beds were closed in aging provincial asylums, with patients following a new regime of short hospital stays, psychiatric drugs and community services. History in Practice uses the power of education to foster professional and caring attitudes and values in mental health services and to improve the capacity of these services to understand client well-being as related to the whole person, with a history, opinions, and talents and located in a social, economic and political environment. To this aim, researchers worked alongside community experts – people who have received mental health services – to create a diverse set of engaging and intelligent teaching resources for use in post-secondary environments.

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