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Journal article

Not as safe as houses

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2011, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Looks at how cuts to the Supporting People grant are impacting on service users in supported accommodation and leaving them facing an uncertain future.

Journal article

Sail away

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, December 2010, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author explains how sailing can help improve service users' mental health. Two initiatives that use sailing to improve mental health are also briefly described. The youth organisation Fairbridge uses sailing to help with the personal development of inner city youth. Sea Sanctuary in Falmouth, Cornwall takes NHS-referred mental health service users on a large yacht for the day.

Journal article

Hard labour

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, February 2009, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Obtaining and keeping a job can be challenging for people diagnosed with a mental illness, despite legislation outlawing discrimination against them. This article highlights strategies from a Trade Union Council guide to help ensure that people with psychiatric issues get fair treatment in the workplace. It also looks at the work of the initiative 'Open Up Toolkit', a project to help service users tackle discrimination against mental illness.

Journal article

Swings and roundabouts

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, May 2008, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author discusses how the new statutory right to advocacy in England under the new Mental Health Act could prove a mixed blessing. In Scotland, anyone with a mental disorder has a statutory right to advocacy, in England and Wales, however, the right to advocacy is confined only to patients under section.

Journal article

Expecting change

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, July/August 2015, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

A fifth of women experience mental health issues in the perinatal period, yet services to address this remain patchy. This article discusses how implementing such services for pregnant women and new mothers could save money and lead to better outcomes for those affected. It looks at the costs of poor perinatal provision to society as a whole, the need for better training for doctors and midwives, and the option of setting up a perinatal psychiatric team within maternity services. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

The mental maze

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 14(3), May/June 2014, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Reports on the issue that although people with learning disabilities are more prone to experiencing mental ill health than the general population, many struggle to access the help they need. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Winning the mental battle

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, September 2012, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Positive psychology has helped some elite athletes to realise their potential. When they do not achieve to their expectations, focusing on what went well rather than what went wrong can help them to relieve stress and turn things around. This article argues that this idea could also have applications in mainstream mental health services. Traditional psychology is about focusing on problems and resolving them. Positive psychology focuses on strengths as well as weaknesses, on building the best things in life as well as repairing the worst. Positive psychology could help to cut down on the use of medication. However, the cost of psychotherapy is a barrier to the wide use of psychological techniques.

Journal article

A problem shared

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, February 2011, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a training scheme designed to help people to spot the early signs of mental distress in young people. This article looks at the rationale for the scheme and provides an overview of its main elements.

Journal article

Investigating the authorities

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, July 2010, pp.16-18.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Over the last 4 years the Local Government Ombudsman has heard 5 cases of mentally ill people wrongly made bankrupt for not paying their council tax. All these bankruptcies were down to poor interdepartmental communication. While a social service department or housing officials knew that the person was vulnerable, another council official was taking them to court for non-payment. This article discusses the issue of poor communication between the social care and local taxation department, and considers ways to improve this communication. The article also discusses the severe mental health impairment exemption from council tax, arguing that the current definition of ‘a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning’ is too stringent and needs to be redefined.

Journal article

The big issue

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2009, pp.13-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Weight gain is linked to many of the drugs prescribed for mental illness. This article considers the consequences of weight gain, including diabetes and heart disease, and what health professionals can do to alert service users to the risk. The author advocates regular checks for health effects of antipsychotics. A behavioural approach, where  people are made aware of their behaviour, the impact on weight and health, and how to make sustainable changes, may also be useful.

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