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Book

Risk management in mental health: a practical guide to individual care and community safety

Authors:
O'ROURKE Margaret, BIRD Lisa
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
29p.
Place of publication:
London

Practical text providing up to date guidance on implementing risk management in mental health services. Aims to make community safety and risk management easier and more rewarding for service users, professionals and families. Each section includes a summary of key messages at the end. Chapter one provides the context, with definitions of risk and a discussion of the various public inquiries and the National Confidential Inquiry detailing the implications for risk assessment and management. Chapter two examines duty of care and outlines the basic principles of risk assessment and management; and chapter three gives an overview of one approach to risk assessment and management, and includes a case study highlighting how this approach can work in practice.

Journal article

A friend in need

Authors:
WRIGHT Sarah, FAULKNER Alison, BIRD Lisa
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 109, May 2001, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
MIND

Explains how stigma and discrimination about mental health problems can intrude on relationships between users and those closest to them.

Book

Suicide and self-harm

Authors:
BIRD Lisa, FAULKNER Alison
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
30p.,list of orgs.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Discusses incidence of, and risk factors for, suicide and self harm.

Journal article

Pulling ourselves together to end discrimination

Author:
BIRD Lisa
Journal article citation:
Care Plan, 6(4), June 2000, pp.24-27.
Publisher:
Positive Publications/ Anglia Polytechnic University, Faculty of Health and Social Work

A survey of people with mental health problems has revealed a surprising amount of discrimination and lack of understanding by mental health professionals, family and friends. This article describes that research and its recommendations for change.

Book

The fundamental facts: all the latest facts and figures on mental illness

Author:
BIRD Lisa
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
38p.,diags.
Place of publication:
London

Presents facts and figures on mental health in an accessible format that includes graphics. Contains sections on: the extent of mental health problems; differences in the extent of mental health problems; factors related to mental health problems; treatment and care; and the cost of mental health problems.

Journal article

Independent advice services for people with mental health problems: needs and provisions

Author:
BIRD Lisa
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Care, 2(4), December 1998, pp.135-139.
Publisher:
Pavilion

The author argues that the overwhelming evidence of need, and the known impact on mental health of financial, housing and such problems, health authorities should be actively ensuring independent welfare and benefits advice services are available to people using mental health services. This study of Citizens Advice Bureau mental health projects provides useful insight to needs and views of users, advisers and professionals.

Journal article

Poverty, social exclusion and mental health: a survey of people's personal experiences

Author:
BIRD Lisa
Journal article citation:
A Life in the Day, 5(3), August 2001, pp.4-8.
Publisher:
Emerald

Focus on Mental Health is a UK forum which was formed in 1993. It consists of representatives of leading UK mental health groups, who work together on common objectives. In 2000/2001, Focus was funded by the Department for Education and Employment to carry out a programme of work looking at issues around poverty and mental health. This article focuses on the results of a survey of people's personal experiences of mental health problems and living on a low income led by a sub-group of Focus members.

Journal article

Double jeopardy

Author:
BIRD Lisa
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, 4(8), April 2001, pp.252-253.
Publisher:
Pavilion

Reports on the results of a new survey which reveals that poverty and mental health problems go hand in hand.

Book

Citizens Advice Bureaux services for people with mental health problems: an investigation of seven CABx

Author:
BIRD Lisa
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
107p.,list of orgs.
Place of publication:
London

Report of a research project looking at mental health service users needs for advice and information. Also looked at the needs of CAB advisers regarding working with people with mental health problems. Draws conclusions and makes recommendations.

Journal article

Getting to the root

Authors:
DAVIS Ann, BIRD Lisa
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 110, July 2001, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
MIND

Explains why social exclusion must be tackled as part of the National Service Framework for Mental Health.

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