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Five portions a day

Author:
DAVEY Brian
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, October 2003, pp.20-22.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Reports on a three-month learning programme on sustainable food production and diet that aimed to widen participants' horizons and find out how well mental health service users eat. The programme also included a survey to see if day centre users eat the five portions of fruit and vegetables recommended by the Department of Health. The programme was operated initiated by Ecoworks and Making Waves (previously called SUMS - Service User Monitoring Services) in Nottingham.

Journal article

Volunteering in Kensington and Chelsea

Author:
SCHOFIELD Hazel
Journal article citation:
A Life in the Day, 7(2), May 2003, pp.19-22.
Publisher:
Emerald

Looks at the Supported Needs Project at Kensington and Chelsea Volunteer Bureau. The project recruits and supports volunteers with disabilities or support needs into volunteer placements, and aims to help people develop their skills in a safe environment, whilst promoting integration and social inclusion. The article focuses on how the project has helped people with mental health needs.

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Formal support, mental disorders and personal characteristics: a 25-year follow-up study of a total cohort of older people

Authors:
SAMUELSSON G., et al
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 11(2), March 2003, pp.95-102.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This study was designed to describe the pattern of long-term formal support received by people with mental disorders and to investigate the relationship between the medical, psychological and social characteristics of the participants and types of formal support, based on a cohort of 192 people born in 1902 and 1903 in a community in Southern Sweden. They were assessed using interviews, psychological tests and medical examinations. Information was collected about the use of primary healthcare and social services. The first assessment took place when the cohort was aged 67 and on 8 further occasions until they were 92. Participation ranged from 72% to 100%. During the observation period of 25 years, 53% of people with dementia eventually received both home help and institutional care compared to 34% with other psychiatric diagnoses and 12% with good mental health. The last group all had physical health problems and/or problems with activities of daily living. However, 35% of the dementia group, 46% with other psychiatric diagnoses and 52% with good mental health received no formal support. Males and self-employed people were significantly less likely to use formal support. The institutionalised group reported loneliness significantly more often than the other 2. In a logistic regression analysis, loneliness, low social class, high blood pressure and low problem-solving ability were predictors of formal support use. People with mental disorder, including dementia, were significantly more likely to use formal support compared with people with good mental health. Social factors were the main factors predicting formal support.

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Life's labours lost: a study of the experiences of people who have lost their occupation following mental health problems

Authors:
BODMAN Richard, et al
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
69p.
Place of publication:
London

Description of the experiences of people who have lost their occupation following mental health problems. This research is part of the Foundation's Strategies for Living project.

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Prison link workers

Author:
KING'S FUND
Publisher:
King's Fund
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
2p.
Place of publication:
London

Many people in the criminal justice system have mental health problems, but often do not get the support they need. This summary reports on a project run by London-based charity Revolving Doors, evaluated with a King's Fund grant. The scheme offers practical support to people with mental health and multiple needs who come into contact with the criminal justice system. It helps link individuals to mainstream services and aims to work in the longer term with people with complex needs. This summary provides details of the scheme and offers learning points on issues such as involving service users.

Book

The wise mouse

Author:
IRONSIDE Virginia
Publisher:
YoungMinds
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
17p.
Place of publication:
London

This is an illustrated book for 5-11 year-olds who have a family member with a mental health problem.

Journal article

Counselling families with mentally ill

Author:
ANURADHA K.
Journal article citation:
Indian Journal of Social Work, 64(2), April 2003, pp.159-166.
Publisher:
Tata Institute of Social Sciences

The author outlines the purpose and goals for counselling families with members who are mentally ill. The skills required by a family counsellor for such purposes are also given. The author recommends a four phased approach to counsel and empower families with members who have mental health problems.

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Lines in the sand: final report

Authors:
SIMONS Ken, RUSSELL Oliver
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
129p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

A research project on the interface between mental health and learning disability services. The main objective of this research project, which was funded by the South West Regional NHS Research and Development Directorate, was to carry out an audit of ‘pressure points’ within services for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in South West England. A retrospective two-year census of case files (n=348) was carried out, supplemented by in-depth interviews with key clinical staff (n=30), and semi-structured interviews with commissioners from Valuing People Partnership Boards (n =10) and Local Implementation Teams for the National Service Framework for Mental Health (n=9). The main outcome measures were descriptions of patterns of service use, along with the presence (or otherwise) of disputes and/or joint working, set in the context of the views of providers and commissioners.

Journal article

The use of Mental Health Review Tribunals by older people

Author:
DWYER Sandra
Journal article citation:
Practice: Social Work in Action, 15(3), 2003, pp.51-60.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Focuses on the proportion of older people who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who make applications to tribunals in comparison to younger adults. Some implications for social work practice are explored, both under current legislation, and in the context of legislative reform.

Journal article

Art for art's sake

Author:
SHAW Ann
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, December 2003, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Reports on a multi-media arts project, CICArt, which is a joint project between the Stirling-based community arts charity Artlink Central and the Wolfcraig Training Centre, a community integrated care scheme that aims to get people with mental health problems back into the community and into employment.

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