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Mental Health Wellness

Think Positively!

We are in the eleventh month of ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse focus, and the themes for November are mental health and wellness. With darker days approaching we encourage nurses to seek ways to remain positive in all situations. We are here to help!

You have come to the right place to find helpful tips, articles, webinars and resources to assist you in your pursuit of health and wellbeing, featuring content from ANA, our constituent and state nurses associations, affiliated nursing organizations, and related providers.

Since being well goes hand-in-hand with wellbeing, join the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge, make a commitment, share your success and see how much you enjoy being part of a healthy community!

ANA Code of Ethics Tip

Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
The nature of nursing practice and the involvement of nurses in sometimes highly difficult life events and critical decision-making can be challenging to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Interpretive Statement 5.3 of the Code states that "Nurses have both personal and professional identities that are integrated and that embrace the values of the profession." In order to maintain a healthy mental and physical balance, nurses must maintain personal self-care, integrity and wholeness of character. This is a self-regarding duty in difficult situations when nurses may face a threat to his or her integrity. As we strive for a Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation™, provider wellness is essential in establishing and maintaining a moral and safe environment.

Movement and Mental Health

It is important to bring awareness to an issue that is often surrounded by misconceptions and social stigma. According to the World Health Organization, “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Not only can exercise and regular movement can help maintain and improve physical health, physical activity can also improve mental health by improving sleep and reducing tiredness, relieving stress, improving mood, and boosting energy levels. Alternatively, studies suggest that not enough physical activity is detrimental to mental health and can lead to cognitive decline and an increased risk of developing depression.

Mental health disorders are very common, impacting 1 in 5 Americans, and finding the right treatment plan is different for everyone. While physical activity may not be able to help all mental health conditions, it can help alleviate several associated symptoms.

That is why it is important for our nation’s caregivers to take care of themselves. A short walk or a 10-minute stretch break can help improve mood, focus and overall mental wellness. Take time to take care of you--mind and body! Let’s get moving!

Exercise and Mental Health


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice - 2nd Edition
ABSTRACT: Co published with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (ISPN)

Keeping nurses healthy, safe, and well
September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

Managing stress in health care with meditation: Got a minute?
October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Physical activity saves lives and protects health. Investing in physical activity makes sense. Check out this infographic.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mental Health By the Numbers - Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Here are some facts about the prevalence and impact of mental illness.

National Institute on Mental Health
NIMH offers expert-reviewed information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research. Use our A to Z list to find basic information on signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and current clinical trials. This information should not be used as a guide for making medication decisions or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medication condition. A health professional should be consulted.

Fun Facts

Regardless of age or fitness level (yup, this includes everyone from mall-walkers to marathoners), studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships and lead to a healthier and happier life overall.

Collaborative Partners

American Holistic Nurses Association

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a non-profit membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals, serving more than 4500 members and more than 130 local chapters across the U.S. and abroad.

AHNA promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing.

"Holistic Nursing Interventions for Mental & Emotional Health for Nurses' Self-Care and Patient Care"


The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) was founded in 1986. In the ensuing years, APNA has grown to be the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.

Self Care Tip Sheet

APNA e-Series: Bipolar Spectrum DisordersThis free program covers assessment, diagnosis, epidemiology, biological interventions, counseling, psychoeducation, and psychotherapy.

Resource Center: Dealing with Traumatic Events


With a mission to get people moving, the nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies, and represents more than 70,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit

Exercise to Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Strong Body, Strong Mind

The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health 

Get Out! 5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

Improve Your Mood with Exercise

The Psychological Benefits of Strength Training

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