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Book

How to recognize the early signs of mental distress

Author:
CREPAZ-KEAY David
Publisher:
MIND
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
11p.,list of orgs.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Leaflet in the MIND mental health promotion series. Aims to help people identify the early signs of mental distress and offer some practical advice to help minimize the problems that it can lead to.

Journal article

Discharges from Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983; changes in practice

Author:
SACKETT Kate
Journal article citation:
Health Trends, 28(2), 1996, pp.64-67.
Publisher:
Office for National Statistics

With the introduction of the 1983 Mental Health Act (England and Wales) the initial period of detention for the treatment order was reduced from 12 months to 6 months, while the shorter order for assessment, or assessment followed by treatment remained at 28 days. This article reports the results of research undertaken at Coney Hill Hospital to determine any change in practice in discharge since the introduction of the Act. Factors considered included: the length of detention; renewals; appeals to managers or mental health review tribunal; delay between appeal and hearing; discharging agent; and whether patients remained in hospital informally after section discharge. Results found that there was a trend towards earlier discharge. Concludes that these changes could be due to long-term trends predating the 1983 Act, or may reflect continued efforts to comply with the Code of Practice.

Journal article

Labour intensive

Authors:
FORD Richard, RYAN Peter
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 23.1.97, 1996, pp.26-29.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

Reports on a study into the effectiveness of intensive community support for people with long-standing mental illness.

Journal article

Guardianship

Author:
WATSON Pam
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 78, December 1996, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
MIND

An article by the Mental Health Act Commissioner Catherine Grimshaw in Open Mind No. 76 discussed the possible benefits of the little-used 'guardianship' provision of the Mental Health Act and set out the criteria for its use. In this article the author offers further instances of the helpful use of guardianship provision and also explains the context necessary for success.

Journal article

Inner-city blues

Author:
CARMICHAEL Cath
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 14.11.96, 1996, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

Reports on an innovative mental healthcare scheme is addressing the link between urban deprivation and psychiatric illness.

Journal article

Improving the detection and assessment of mental health problems in people with learning disability

Author:
MOSS Steve
Journal article citation:
Focus, 19, October 1996, pp.1-11.
Publisher:
RNIB

Ensuring that people with learning disability get appropriate help for their mental health problems is not just a job for psychiatrists. All staff have an essential role in ensuring that people who have psychiatric problems are identified and referred for comprehensive assessment. This article introduces some of the major issues in recognising and assessing mental health problems in this population, and introduces some new developments designed to improve the targeting of psychiatric referrals.

Journal article

An evaluation of mental health telephone counselling services in Hong Kong

Authors:
KEUNG Daniel Wong Fu, LEUNG Anita
Journal article citation:
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 6(2), September 1996, pp.46-57.
Publisher:
Times Academic

Drawing on data collected from the study of callers who had used a Mental Health Hotline and Telephone Counselling Services in Hong Kong, this article highlights the significant roles of the services within the entire mental health care system. It also addresses the roles of social workers in providing initial psychiatric assessment information, supportive counselling and referral services for callers.

Journal article

Lost and found

Author:
AGNEW Thelma
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 28.8.96, 1996, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Twenty per cent of missing people have mental health problems and may not know how to find their way home. NHS staff have more opportunity than most to help them. Reports on guidelines suggested by the National Missing Person's Helpline for what nurses should do if they find themselves caring for an unidentified patient.

Journal article

Slow down and listen to their voice

Author:
GOLDSMITHS Malcolm
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 4(4), July 1996, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Hawker

Some of the barriers to communication with people with dementia arise from their illness; many others result from our attitudes and approach. The author's research has shown clearly both obstacles and opportunities on the path ahead.

Journal article

Take it from the top

Author:
HILL-SMITH Andrew
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 8.2.96, 1996, p.33.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

One of the main aims of the NHS reforms was to introduce greater flexibility and competition to improve service quality. This article argues that consultants are ideally placed to identify gaps in the market and then lead new service developments.

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