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Standard three: 24-hour access

Authors:
BROOKS Dianne, et al
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, 4(9), May 2001, pp.294-296.
Publisher:
Pavilion

The third in the series of article on the National Service Framework describes how one trust implemented standard three in its adult mental health services.

Journal article

The role of biological and genetic causal beliefs in the stigmatisation of 'mental patients'

Authors:
READ John, HARRE Niki
Journal article citation:
Journal of Mental Health, 10(2), April 2001, pp.223-235.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare
Place of publication:
London

Research indicates that the 'mental illness is an illness like any other' approach to destigmatisation has failed to improve attitudes. This study replicated, with 469 New Zealanders, previous findings that the public tends to reject biological and genetic explanations of mental health problems in favour of psychosocial explanations focused on negative life events. It also confirmed previous findings (contrary to the assumption on which most destigmatisation programmes are based) that biological and genetic causal beliefs are related to negative attitudes, including perceptions that 'mental patients' are dangerous, antisocial and unpredictable, and reluctance to become romantically involved with them. The amount of reported personal contact with people who had received psychiatric treatment was correlated with positive attitudes. It is recommended that destigmatisation programmes consider abandoning efforts to promulgate illness-based explanations and focus instead on increasing contact with and exposure to users of mental health services.

Journal article

He stopped being my husband and became my carer

Author:
HENDERSON Jeanette
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 109, May 2001, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
MIND

Outlines ongoing research into the way care in mental health is constructed by professionals in law and policy, and the impact of those constructions for people who find themselves identified as 'carer' or 'cared for'. The research also looks at how people construct and experience care within their partnerships.

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Crisis intervention: the professionals' perspective: a questionnaire survey

Authors:
LAZARO Fernando, et al
Journal article citation:
Psychiatric Bulletin, 25(3), March 2001, pp.95-98.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

This study aimed to describe the attitudes of the professionals of a multi-disciplinary crisis intervention service (CIS) towards the service they provide. Opinions differed most on issues of safety and acceptance of clinical responsibility. These differences may create tensions within the multi-disciplinary groups and may influence the attitudes of professions to crisis work. Measures need to be taken to address these issues in order to improve morale and staff satisfaction.

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Income inequality and the prevalence of common mental disorders in Britain

Authors:
WEICH Scott, LEWIS Glyn, JENKINS Stephen P.
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, March 2001, pp.222-227.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

This study tests the hypothesis that individuals in regions of Britain with the highest income inequality have a higher prevalence of the common mental disorders, after adjusting for individual income. The association between income inequality and prevalence of the common mental disorders varied with individual income level. Among persons with the highest incomes, common mental disorders were more frequent in regions with greater income inequality. The opposite was true for those with the lowest incomes. Income inequality was associated with worse mental health among the most affluent individuals.

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The role of users of psychiatric services in service development - influence not power

Author:
CAMPBELL Peter
Journal article citation:
Psychiatric Bulletin, 25(3), March 2001, pp.87-88.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

In this past 15 years activity by service users, as individuals, members of voluntary groups and in their own organisations, has been very diverse. While involvement with, and by service providers in consultations over the planning, managing and monitoring of services - the government-approved features of involvement - has been at the centre of action, service users have been involved in work where contact with mental health workers is limited or not directly to do with mental health services at all. This article discusses service user contributions to developing mental health services

Journal article

The 79-cent campaign: the use of on-line mailing lists for electronic advocacy

Author:
MENON Goutham M.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Community Practice, 8(3), 2001, pp.73-81.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philapelphia, USA

This case study shows how one American on-line group went beyond its primary function of being a discussion group, to be a more productive, empowering tool for electronic advocacy. By orchestrating an effective campaign to bring to the forefront issues affecting the lives of those living with severe mental illnesses, the work of this group can be seen as an example in the effective use of the Internet for advocacy and empowerment.

Book

It is our world too!: a report on the lives of disabled children

Author:
LANSDOWN Gerison
Publisher:
Disability Awareness in Action
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
70p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

’Rights for Disabled Children’ (RDC) was established as an outcome of the thematic day held by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 1997 on the rights of disabled children. It is a working group which aims to highlight the abuses and neglect of rights experienced by all disabled children - including those with mental health difficulties. It also compiles and disseminates good practice in challenging those abuses. This report was prepared by Gerison Lansdown on behalf of RDC for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. RDC highlights the abuses and neglect of rights experienced by all disabled children, and disseminates good practice in challenging those abuses. The report is available in standard print, Ascii, and audio tape from DAA.

Book

Joe's diary: a SANE guide for young people

Author:
SANE Australia
Publisher:
SANE Australia
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
37p.
Place of publication:
Melbourne, VIC

Confusing and conflicting emotions of love and resentment are just some of the feelings faced by an estimated 30,000 young Australians who have a parent with mental illness. Joe s Diary is a guide written in the form of a teenager's journal, to provide young people with practical tips on helping themselves and finding support within and outside the family.

Book

Poverty social exclusion and mental health in the UK 1978 - 2000: a resource pack

Authors:
DAVIS Ann, HILL Phil
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
65p.,list of orgs.
Place of publication:
London

The research and literature collected and summarised in this resource pack clearly demonstrate the links between poverty and mental health. People with mental health problems usually have low incomes and people on low incomes are more prone to mental distress, creating a vicious circle. The resources are arranged in three sections: the nature of poverty and its impact on mental health; the experience of poverty and the circumstances of mental health service users; and combating poverty and promoting mental health.

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