Helping People to Thrive in the Face of Co-occurring Illness

Helping People to Thrive in the Face of Co-occurring Illness
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Speaker: Professor Kim Foster, Head, Disciplines of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Canberra.

People with mental illness have substantially greater risk of experiencing co-occurring physical illness and/or substance abuse. These risks can be mitigated however, by individuals' and family's strengths and coping and their access to resources. Resilience is a process that involves the capacity to maintain or improve physical and mental wellbeing in the face of adversities such as illness, and higher resilience has been linked with better wellbeing and more positive health outcomes.

This presentation explores what resilience is, the factors that support resilience in the context of health, and strategies nurses can use to strengthen individual and family resilience in co-occurring illness.

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