Mental health nurses build trusting relationships with their patients and provide vital support to people experiencing mental health problems, so they can lead happy and healthy lives.

What's it like to be a mental health nurse?

When you’re a nurse, no two days are the same. You’ll work with different people every day, improving the lives of patients and advancing medical innovation and care.  As a trained healthcare professional, you’ll lead teams and take on senior positions of responsibility. That’s why nurses are one of the most important parts of our health services. 

As a mental health nurse, you’ll plan and deliver treatment for patients with a range of mental health conditions. 

Around one in four people in the UK will have a mental health illness at some point, which can affect their relationships, physical health, and ability to enjoy life. So to be a mental health nurse, you need to be adaptable and good at listening, communicating, and solving problems. 

Working in mental health is challenging but satisfying. It’s a vital role where you’ll make a real difference to people’s lives.

There’s a shortage of nurses in the UK, so a mental health nursing degree will offer you fantastic employment options. And new annual payments of £5,000 up to £8,000 for all undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students will be available from September 2020.

Karl, nurse practitioner

'What I love about this job is to help people and see them develop and grow.'

About the job

Alexandra, student mental health nurse

'Every day is different; and even though it’s hard work, it’s very rewarding.'

Is it for you?

Key facts

Different routes into nursing

There are three main routes into nursing. 

Other fields of nursing

Adult nurse

Adult nurses are expert members of a medical team. They plan and deliver vital treatment for a wide range of patients with different needs and conditions.

Children's nurse

Children’s nurses work as part of a supportive and inspiring team to provide young patients and their families with the vital care and compassion they need.

Learning disability nurse

Learning disability nurses support people with learning disabilities, developing important relationships with their patients and helping them to lead fulfilling lives.

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