(Solution) NR 305 Week 4 Discussion: Community Access to Mental Health Services


This week’s graded topics relate to the following Course Outcomes (COs).

  • CO 1 – Utilize prior knowledge of theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines to explain expected client behaviors, while differentiating between normal findings, variations, and abnormalities. (PO 1)
  • CO 4 – Identify teaching/learning needs from the health history of an individual. (PO 2)


Access to mental health services is a hot topic in U.S. Healthcare. Do you know what resources are available for clients seeking care in your own community? Select one mental health related condition from the list below. Conduct a web search to identify health care services within your community aimed specifically at addressing this condition.

Choose one:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Opioid addiction

Answer the following questions in your post:

  1. When reviewing a client’s health history and physical examination record, what are some findings (subjective and objective) that may indicate a need for further in-depth assessment for the condition you selected above?
  2. Describe a focused specialty assessment tool you could use to screen the client for this condition.
  3. What resources did you find in your community that address this issue? What type of services do they provide? Were there specific resources or services you were hoping to locate, and could not? Please explain.


Mental health assessment requires a thorough collection of both subjective and objective data to make the best diagnosis and treatment care plan (Weber & Kelley, 2018). A diagnosis for depression is mainly based on the presenting symptoms (subjective data). The symptoms that warrant in-depth assessment at least two weeks of feeling depressed mood or sad; loss of pleasure or interact in previously enjoyed activities, unexplained change in appetite and weight, trouble falling asleep or sleeping excessively, increased fatigue or loss of energy, increase in focusing on purposeless activity, feeling hopeless, guilty, or worthless, poor concentration, memory problems, and/or thoughts of suicide or death (Fekadu, Shibeshi, & Engidawork, 2017). These symptoms must have lasted for at least two weeks. Objective….Please click the icon below to purchase full answer at only $5