Geographies of exclusion

PHILO Chris, PARR Hester, BURNS Nicola
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, May 2004, pp.20-23.
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For people living in Scotland's remote and rural Highlands, user networks and drop-ins offer a vital space of safety and community. Reports on a two year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council into 'social geographies of rural mental health'. The study interviewed 107 service users, 44 mental health service providers and 17 carers, and surveyed 229 Highland GPs by postal questionnaire. In addition ten focus groups were held with members of the Highland User Group (HUG). Reports some of the key findings with regard to exclusion, stigma and the role of these voluntary sector support services in offering an alternative, safe 'community' to people with mental health problems.

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mental health problems, rural areas, self-help groups, social exclusion, stereotyped attitudes, user views;
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