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Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit: A Clinicians Guide to working with Spinal Cord Injury

There is a significant amount of trauma associated with acquiring a spinal cord injury (SCI), and many people will struggle to manage the grief for the loss of their previous way of life. Some will adapt more easily, while others will experience depression and other mental health issues. Most will need support to transition to an entirely new, different and sometimes challenging lifestyle.

To help address these challenges for spinal cord injury patients, their families and carers, the ACI State Spinal Cord Injury Service (SSCIS) has developed a toolkit to support clinicians in understanding and managing psychosocial issues associated with acute and long-term spinal cord injury. The Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit: A Clinicians Guide to working with Spinal Cord Injury initiative covers topics such as managing grief and trauma, common psychological and emotional issues experienced by people with a spinal cord injury, and ideas for handling challenging behaviours.

The toolkit highlights ways to distinguish between grief and depression and has a number of brief standardised tools to help clinicians assess issues such as mood, anxiety, pain, trauma, substance use and psychosis.

Additional resources

Brief Psychosocial Clinical Assessment Tool

Contact

For more information, please contact the ACI State Spinal Cord Injury Service on phone: 02 9464 4666 or email: aci-info@health.nsw.gov.au

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