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Whither DSM and ICD, Chapter V?

Author:
MIDDLETON Hugh
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Review Journal, 13(4), December 2008, pp.4-15.
Publisher:
Emerald

Consideration is given to the extent to which the DSM and ICD approach to psychiatric case definition and treatment supports clinical activity. Their validity as a way of defining 'mental illness' is found wanting and they do not, in themselves, usefully guide treatment. These conclusions are set in a critical realist approach to 'mental illness', which draws attention to the legitimacy of several differing perspectives, each reflecting their own sets of interests and allegiances. DSM-V and ICD-11 are due to be published in 2012 and 2014 respectively, and their architects are called upon to be clear about which of these constituencies they are representing.

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Supported employment and mental health issues

Author:
DURIE Sheila
Publisher:
Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This paper has been written in response to the question from employability agencies 'what supports and programmes work for people with mental health problems?' It is designed to support the development of the Scottish Supported Employment Task Group and Framework which is being led by COSLA and The Scottish Government. This paper explores how supported employment applies to people with mental health problems, what the evidence base tells us and what outcomes might be expected if greater emphasis was placed on supported employment for this group. The paper will be of interest to planners, commissioners, service providers and individuals with an interest in supporting people with mental health problems into sustainable employment.

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National programme for improving mental health and well-being small research projects initiative 2006: ... An exploration as to how personal narraitives are used in the promotion of recovery and social inclusion by mental health service users in Scotland

Authors:
ALTENBERGER Iris, MACKAY Rob
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
2p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Findings are presented from a study that aimed to explore and identify how personal narratives are used in Scotland to promote recovery and social inclusion by mental health service users. This study took the form of semi-structured interviews with 12 individuals in six locations across Scotland. This was followed up with a focus group discussion with four of the same individuals.

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Inspirational journeys of hope

Author:
RECOVERY RENFREWSHIRE
Publisher:
Scottish Recovery Network
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
34p.
Place of publication:
Paisley

'Stories of Hope' was an idea born out of the efforts of a small group of individuals belonging to a larger group called 'Recovery Renfrewshire'. This booklet is intended to inspire and motivate the reader. By sharing people's stories, the publishers hope to help change, in a small way, preconceived attitudes and beliefs around mental health.

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National programme for improving mental health and well-being: small research projects initiative 2005-06: plotting the story of recovery in Edinburgh and Scotland

Authors:
TILLEY Stephen, ASQUITH Stewart
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
2p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Supporting and promoting recovery is one of the four key aims of Scotland’s National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being. The Scottish Recovery Network is funded to work towards this aim. The study on which this discussion paper is based (completed mid-2006) aimed to contribute to development of recovery in Scotland through critical inquiry. Three linked methods were used: review of key local, national and international texts on experience, policy, practice and recovery-focused research, semi-structured, informal interviews with 11 key actors from the four constituencies on their perceptions of the emergence and development of ‘recovery’ and implications for implementation of a recovery agenda, and notes taken at local and national recovery events, meetings or conferences documenting content and use of recovery language in public settings.

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Mental health in Scotland: improving the physical health of those with a mental illness

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
36p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Government is undertaking a consultation on the draft report, Improving the Physical Health of those with Mental Illness. Among other issues the draft report covers and includes: the evidence base on the need for change, aspects of care management, proposals for review of performance, and steps to ensuring equity and other dimensions. The report also makes six recommendations for forward attention and action to bring about early change and improvement.

Book

Cognitive behavioural therapy for mental health workers: a beginner's guide

Authors:
KINSELLA Philip, GARLAND Anne
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
250p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This book aims to provide the reader with an overview of cognitive behavioural therapy, allowing them to develop an understanding of the patient’s problems, utilise the approach effectively, prepare for supervision, and integrate CBT skills into everyday practice. Written by experienced clinicians, it describes how to use CBT within the busy clinical environment. Learning exercises are included throughout. Subjects covered include: the therapeutic relationship in CBT; treating anxiety disorders and depression; developing further CBT skills; utilising CBT in different mental health settings; and recent developments in practice. The book is aimed at all mental health workers who are new to CBT, including nurses, occupational therapists, and counsellors as well as anyone training in mental health professions.

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Understanding the impact of JRRP for people with mental health conditions

Authors:
TAYLOR Rebecca, LEWIS Jane
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
33p.
Place of publication:
London

This reanalysis explores an unexpected finding from the evaluation of the Job Retention and Rehabilitation pilot, namely that people with mental health conditions who used the pilot services had a lower rate of return to work than those who did not. Quantitative and qualitative data collected during the evaluation of the pilot provided evidence supporting a number of plausible explanations. These included the possibility that there may have been less scope to boost health and workplace services for people with mental health conditions and delayed returns to work due to a focus on the same employer, waiting for a more complete health recovery, and dependency on the service provider. There was no evidence to indicate that the interventions were deficient for the mental health group, nor did the data suggest that the design of the trial was likely to have caused the negative impact.

Journal article

Representations of elderly with mental health problems held by psychosocial practitioners from community and institutional settings

Authors:
DALLAIRE Bernadette, et al
Journal article citation:
Social Work in Mental Health, 7(1-3), 2008, pp.139-152.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This article begins by providing an overview of the prevalence of mental health problems  among people aged 65 and older, the specific situations and needs of this population, and the services provided to them. It then briefly discusses three trends in psychosocial interventions, that is practices oriented toward recovery, empowerment, and social integration are then reviewed.. Finally, the article looks at the cumulative impacts of social representations of aging and the aged and of mental illness and the mentally ill, and how they can impede the implementation of interventions, services and programs based on recovery, empowerment and social integration approaches.

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What about work?: a practical guide to supporting people with mental health issues in Bristol move towards paid employment

Author:
BRISTOL MENTAL HEALTH EMPLOYMENT FORUM
Publisher:
Bristol Mental Health Employment Forum
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

This brief practical guide aims to ensure that those working with people with mental health issues are aware of the important things to consider when supporting them into employment. The guide is produced by the Bristol Mental Health Employment Forum; a group of workers from statutory and voluntary sector organisations, as well as mental health service users/survivors. There are three main sections to the guide. The first ‘moving towards work’ lists the questions and issues to consider. The second part tabulates the available support services, showing activities and agencies appropriate to the different stages of the employment seeking journey. Contact details for these agencies are given in the final section. The authors stress that this is not an attempt to put pressure on people, but rather to encourage them, and those working with them, to view paid work as a viable option. This is the second edition of What About Work. It is intended that it will be updated every six months.

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