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The effects of the troubles on child psychiatric disorders in Northern Ireland

Authors:
GILLILAND David, KELLY Bernadette
Journal article citation:
Practice: Social Work in Action, 6(4), 1992, pp.271-276.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Examines some of the research undertaken into the effects of the troubles on the children of Northern Ireland. It questions if the studies to date have been too global and not sufficiently geared towards children from more vulnerable situations. It considers some of the issues facing practitioners and service managers in this field.

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Mental health in Northern Ireland: fundamental facts 2016

Author:
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
29
Place of publication:
London

An overview of key facts and statistics of mental health in Northern Ireland. Brief facts and statistics cover: costs and expenditure of mental health care; mental health problems across the life course; mental health of minority groups, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and Black and minority ethnic groups; suicide and self-harm; and the social determinants of mental health, including poverty an employment. The document also identifies key areas of data on mental health that are missing, specifically relating to Wales. (Edited publisher abstract)

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“Care just changes your life”: factors impacting upon the mental health of children and young people with experiences of care in Northern Ireland

Authors:
MULLAN Christine, et al
Journal article citation:
Child Care in Practice, 13(4), October 2007, pp.417-434.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This paper represents one element of a research project carried out into the mental health needs of children and young people with experiences of care in Northern Ireland. Focusing exclusively on qualitative data collected from 51 young people in care and aftercare, it discusses in the first instance how the challenges and difficulties faced by young people can manifest themselves in feelings and behaviours that may exemplify poor mental well-being. In doing so it provides an understanding of mental health in the context of these young people's lives. Through offering a more detailed account of some of the specific issues that put these young people at increased risk, it highlights areas for further work and consideration as a means of protecting them against these risks. These include: dealing with experiences prior to care; easing and “normalising” the experience of living in care; and enhancing “safety nets” after care. A key objective of the research is to inform policy and practice through the accounts of children and young people. It is argued that more work needs to be done to find creative ways of enhancing the day-to-day experiences of young people while in care and when leaving care.

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Personal reflections on the development of an integrated service delivery for child and adolescent mental health services

Authors:
ALLISON Sam, et al
Journal article citation:
Child Care in Practice, 13(1), January 2007, pp.67-74.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This paper explores the issue of how to develop a greater level of integration across the continuum services to young people with mental health difficulties. Reference is made to the strategic guidance offered by key documents and a pilot project is described, which attempted to link services across providers including a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams, Paediatricians, a Family Centre, a schools’ counselling service, the voluntary sector and the Youth Justice agency. The achievements of the pilot are noted, as are some of the difficulties encountered. The potential for further development is also considered.

Journal article

What's the problem

Author:
MAIN Liz
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, February 2007, pp.10-12.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author reports on a new Rethink anti-stigma campaign in Northern Ireland.

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Mental health improvement and well-being: a personal, public and political issue

Author:
BAMFORD REVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH AND LEARNING DISABILITY (NORTHERN IRELAND)
Publisher:
Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
141p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Belfast

The 2001 Northern Ireland Health and Well-Being Survey found that 21% of the population aged over 16 considers themselves to be depressed and a similar percentage had a potential psychiatric disorder. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) estimate that in  terms of the scale of the problem, prevalence figures for mental health problems in Northern Ireland are 25% higher than in England. Addressing these challenges for the whole community in Northern Ireland, as exemplified by the WHO Action Plan for Europe (WHO 2005), is a long-term investment. That investment must reflect the growing body of evidence that positive mental health cannot be gained by treating mental disorders alone.

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"Whatever you say, say something": the education, training and practice of mental health social workers in Northern Ireland

Authors:
CAMPBELL Jim, HEALEY Arlene
Journal article citation:
Social Work Education (The International Journal), 18(4), November 1999, pp.389-400.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This article describes and analyses a range of sometimes contradictory factors which have shaped the education, training an practice of mental health social workers in Northern Ireland. It begins with two accounts of the authors' personal and professional experiences, which reveal tensions in the social work role and the influence of the political conflict on judgement-making. It is argued that a critical analysis of the State in Northern Ireland helps to explain high standards of social work education and training, but also the reluctance by social workers to deal with issues associated with 'the Troubles' (the Troubles is a term used to describe the conflict in Northern Ireland). Nonetheless, the article concludes with an optimistic appraisal of current and future developments in the education, training and practice of mental health social workers, particularly in the context of a rapidly changing political and social environment.

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Development of services for people with a learning disability or mental illness in Northern Ireland: fourth report prepared pursuant to Section 10 of the Disabled Persons (Northern Ireland) Act 1989

Author:
NORTHERN IRELAND. Department of Health and Social Services
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
1997
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
Belfast
Book

Development of services for people with a learning disability or mental illness in Northern Ireland: third report prepared pursuant to Section 10 of the Disabled Persons (Northern Ireland) Act 1989

Author:
NORTHERN IRELAND. Department of Health and Social Services
Publisher:
HMSO/Northern Ireland. Department of Health and Social Services
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
11p.,tables.
Place of publication:
Belfast
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The capacity to care: an analysis of four mental health initiatives in Northern Ireland

Authors:
BAMFORD David, HERRON Stanley, McCULLOUGH Billy
Publisher:
Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health/University of Ulster. Department
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
88p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Belfast

Research report. Examines the policy background, including community care in Northern Ireland, and goes on to describe the research projects and methodology used. Draws out the major themes arising from the projects.

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