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The theoretical component of the course is focused on the role of the practical nurse within the domains of mental health nursing. Students explore the experiences of persons living with mental illness across the lifespan while examining therapeutic nursing strategies regarding: assessment, intervention, health promotion, prevention and recovery. The emphasis is to increase awareness of mental health challenges and the meaning of those from the client perspective. Students will investigate how nursing interventions and advocacy support the client (individual, family and groups) giving consideration to the public health care system, determinants of health, diverse populations, as well as legal and ethical approaches that support health promotion and harm reduction.