Week 8 Discussion 1: Case Study – Mental Health a Downward Spiral

Value: 100 points

Due: Initial post by Day 3, and Response by Day 7.

Grading Category: Discussions

Initial Post

Read the Mental Health Case Study (Word) and complete the following tasks:

  1. Examine current practice guidelines related to suicide screening and prevention and how they could pertain to John.
  2. Choose one of the following questions to answer as part of your initial post.
    1. What events in John’s life created a “downward spiral” into homelessness and hopelessness? Which events were related to social needs, mental health needs, and medical needs, and which could health care have addressed?
    2. What were some of the barriers John faced in accessing medical care and mental health care?
    3. How does homelessness and mental illness intersect? Do you believe homelessness may develop because of a mental health issue, or do you believe those who become homeless eventually sink into psychological despair?
    4. The tipping point for many people who live at the margins of society may be things that could have been managed given the right support. How can your role as an APRN help identify, alleviate, or support those who are in need like John?
    5. In your own experience, have you encountered a homeless individual? What was that like? Do you recall what you were thinking?
  3. Please include at least three scholarly sources within your initial post.

Reply Posts

Reply to at least TWO of your classmates who chose two different questions.

  1. Do you agree with their post? Why or why not?
  2. Find an online resource related to health promotion and disease prevention of mental health issues for families that you think would be helpful to those who are struggling. This resource should focus on families and their needs, not the person with mental illness.

Reply on two separate days (minimum) utilizing at least two scholarly references per peer post.

Please refer to the Discussion Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.

Posting to the Discussion Forum

  1. Select the appropriate Thread.
  2. Select Reply.
  3. Create your post.
  4. Select Post to Forum.