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Journal article

Ten years after

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, September 2009, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The impact of the National Service Framework on mental health services in England are briefly assessed. Areas discussed include: delivering 'effective' services for those diagnosed with a severe mental illness, suicide prevention, combating stigma and discrimination, and improving primary care and access to services.

Journal article

Cash in hand

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, November 2008, pp.14-16.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Mental health individual budget pilots are taking place in the local authorities of Barnsley, Oldham, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. The author reports on some of the outcomes. Initial evidence has found that people are moving away from traditional services and instead hiring personal assistants to accompany them to do what they want.

Journal article

We don't do suicide watch

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 129, September 2004, p.24.
Publisher:
MIND

Profiles the Acorn programme, a ward for 12 self-harming clients at the Retreat, the therapeutic community near York. Staff aim to create 'treatment alliances', facilitating clients to take responsibility for their behaviour. There is no suicide watch, clients are expected to dress their own self-harm wounds, and if they storm out threatening to injure themselves nurses will not rush in pursuit. They are encouraged to take collective responsibility for each other, and emergency community meetings decide what to do if a client is judged to be at risk from self-harm.

Journal article

A beacon of help

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, February 2010, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service has been providing a user-led crisis service for more than 10 years. This article describes the services offered at their crisis sanctuary, Dial House. Visitors to Dial House can have one-to-one support from crisis support workers who have themselves experienced mental health problems. The service offers non-judgemental empathy, safety and a refuge space, welcoming those with challenging behaviour. Almost all visitors have psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia, personality disorder and depression, but the service distances itself from a psychiatric medical model. It offers itself as an alternative to hospital admission, and is open when most mental health services are closed.

Journal article

Prescribing choices

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 115, May 2002, p.19.
Publisher:
MIND

Looks at how Bromley-by-Bow Healthy Living Centre in London has pioneered a holistic approach to health at primary care level.

Journal article

Childhood matters

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2009, pp.18-20.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article discusses the significant increase in the proportion of UK teenagers with significant emotional or behavioural problems. The author suggests a number of reasons behind the increase: the culture of diagnosis; that society is afflicted with the "affluenza virus" - placing a high value on money, appearances and fame; social inequality; the lack of family-friendly government policies. The author outlines Labour's record on mental health, Conservative promises and the Scandinavian approach. It concludes that the issue of children's mental health needs to be higher up the political agenda.

Journal article

The voice of reason

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 15.10.02, 2002, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Looks at the use of cognitive behaviour therapy in the treatment of people with psychosis.

Book

Raising our voices: an account of the hearing voices movement

Author:
JAMES Adam
Publisher:
Handsell
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
178p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Gloucester

This book details the history of the Hearing Voices Network from Julian Jaynes' work on the bicarmal mind to the development of the Network. It includes chapters on: Moses - prophet or schizophrenic; the freedom to hear voices and the beginnings of the hearing voices movement; self help; who or what are the voices; psychotic and proud; cognitive psychology and hearing voices; grooming maverick psychiatrists; advocacy; and the genetics of schizophrenia.

Journal article

They had a dream

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 22.6.00, 2000, pp.34-35.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Run by former mental health service users, Dial House in Leeds is a crisis centre with a difference. The author talks to the project's founders about the realisation of a dream.

Journal article

Model behaviour

Author:
JAMES Adam
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 21.9.00, 2000, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

A group of nurses who believe the medical model of treatment is failing people with mental illness have helped develop an innovative home treatment service for third client group.

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