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You care, you count: a carer's guide to getting support

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
31p.
Place of publication:
London

This document sets out commitments the government has made to addressing immediate and longer-term issues in the matter of people providing care and support for someone with mental illness.

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Rethink blogs

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Place of publication:
London

Rethink's blog area contains posts from a range of Rethink blog writers who have experienced mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder either directly, or indirectly as a carer or sibling.

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Revealed: MPs' attitudes to mental health and the Mental Health Bill

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
London

This report draws on a survey of English MPs attitudes to Mental Health and the Mental Health Bill which was conducted in May 2006. The survey was complete by 72 English MPs (28% Conservative, 54% Labour and 9% Liberal Democrats). Key findings include: 77% of MPs think the Bill should be focused on improving service provision; 90% of MPs said constituents raise concerns about local mental health services – but only 6% mention public safety; 10% of MPs have personally experienced mental illness. The more personal experience MPs have of mental illness, the more likely it is that they opposed the draft Mental Health Bill.

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Side effects: mental health service users’ experiences of the side effects of anti-psychotic medication

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
London

This report based on the real-life experiences of mentally ill people taking medicines, highlights the need for three points of action – first, a recognition that side-effects are very important, their impacts are significant to individuals; secondly more choice over medicines and appropriate information sharing; thirdly more investment in the search for a third generation of medicines that are more effective in controlling symptoms and have even fewer and less severe side effects.

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Do helplines help?: summary report

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
Kingston upon Thames

The report Do Helplines Help? summarises research carried out among people using two of our large 24 hours, seven days a week helpline services, statutory agencies and commissioners. The research showed that these services offer invaluable support, reduce anxiety and help callers feel more in control and less isolated. The research was funded by the National Institute for Mental Health in England.

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Our voice: the Pakistani community's view of mental health and mental health services in Birmingham: report from the Aap Ki Awaaz project

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
18p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Kingston upon Thames

Britain is a multicultural society with over 6 million people making up  black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. This is a report from the Aap Ki Awaaz project to explore the views of the Pakistani community about mental health and understand how individuals would like their mental health needs supported by service providers.

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Getting personal: making direct payments work in local authorities

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
London

As of March 2010 there were 107,000 people receiving Direct Payments for their social care needs. However, only 8,580 were getting them to help with social care needs arising due to mental health problems even though 100% of people recently surveyed stated that receiving a direct payment for their social care needs had made a positive impact on their lives. A number of barriers preventing people with mental illness accessing direct payments have also been identified. This report explores: what people with mental health problems are using their Direct Payments for; what makes the personalisation process easier for people with mental health problems; the role of carers; and common problems that are being encountered by people with mental health problems and their carers when trying to access personalised care services.

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Only the best: information about antipsychotic and mood stabiliser medication

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
50p.
Place of publication:
London

Some people have mental health problems requiring them to take medication, either for periods of time or for many years. Medication may include antipsychotic drugs or mood stabilisers, also known as ‘anti-manic’ medication. This resource is the 3rd edition of the “Only the Best” guide including information about antipsychotic and mood stabiliser medication for service users and carers. It’s designed to help people living with psychosis to make medications choices based on up to date information. It contains: a 6-step guide to finding the best medication; a list of questions to think about; information about antipsychotic and mood stabiliser medication and how it is meant to work; information about side effects and how best to avoid them; and advice about getting a second opinion. It also includes guidance on best practice medication management based upon the NICE schizophrenia and bipolar guidelines.

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Small change, big difference: a civil service line manager's guide to reasonable adjustments for mental health problems

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
London

Reasonable adjustments are required by the Disability Discrimination Act to be provided by employers for disabled staff. This publication is a practical guide for civil service line managers about supporting employees with mental health problems, and providing reasonable adjustments. The guide provides information about mental health problems and how they can impact on people at work. It aims to help managers to make adjustments to minimise this impact so that the employee can work most effectively. The guide includes information on: who is entitled to reasonable adjustments; when is an adjustment reasonable; examples of reasonable adjustments for mental health problems; Wellness and Recovery Action Plans; stigma and encouraging staff to be open about their mental health problems; examples of how someone with a mental health problem might be affected at work; how mental health problems are different to stress; and what to do in a crisis.

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Breaking prejudice

Author:
RETHINK
Publisher:
Rethink
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
14p.
Place of publication:
London

The stigma face by people with a mental illness can create social isolation, reduce opportunities and make recovery more difficult. This report looks at the evidence for effective anti-stigma marketing campaigns, in particular Rethink's experience in Norwich and Northern Ireland. The Norwich and Northern Ireland campaigns are described. There is then some  discussion of their impact based on the results of telephone surveys carried out before and after the campaigns. Lessons from Norwich and Northern Ireland are discussed.  The report concludes with recommendations, including that the government needs to fund anti-stigma projects nationally and on a long term basis.

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