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Journal article

The pain and the possibility: the family recovery process

Author:
SPANIOL LeRoy
Journal article citation:
Community Mental Health Journal, 46(1), February 2010, pp.482-485.
Publisher:
Springer

The onset of a mental illness is a traumatic experience for all the members of a family. While the mental illness in their family member may be life long, family members can experience their own recovery from the trauma, just as their family member with a mental illness can experience recovery. This article will describe the family recovery process.

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Transforming mental health care for older veterans in the Veterans Health Administration

Authors:
KARLIN Bradley E., ZEISS Antonette M.
Journal article citation:
Generations, 34(2), Summer 2010, pp.74-83. Published online.
Publisher:
American Society on Aging

Older adults often lack familiarity with mental health symptoms and services and may hold negative beliefs about mental health care that can prevent them from seeking treatment. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) operates the largest and one of the most elaborate mental health care systems in the nation and perhaps the world. The recent history of the system is described. One successful new model for providing mental health care to older veterans that has been nationally implemented in the VHA is the integration of a full-time mental health provider on each of the more than 130 VA home-based primary care (HBPC) teams. Another major psychogeriatrics initiative involves the integration of a full-time mental health provider in VA community living centers (CLC), formerly designated as nursing home care units. It is critical that increasing national attention be devoted to the mental health needs of older Americans and that policies and processes be developed to extend the reach and potential impact of mental health care for older adults.

Journal article

A cross-cultural East-West appraisal of mental health curricula: harmony or hegemony?

Authors:
SZTO Peter, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 10(3), 2010, pp.59-81.
Publisher:
Whiting and Birch

A project funded by the International Association of Schools of Social Work compared mental health curricula across 3 schools of social work in China (Shanghai and Hong Kong) and the US (Omaha). This article describes the study. It considers the context of the 3 schools of social work, mental health in social work literature (including Chinese philosophies and belief systems relating to mental illness and well-being), and the influence of dominant discourses informing professional practice and the development of indigenous social work practice. The study included analysis of mental health syllabi and semi-structured interviews with academics teaching on the courses gathering their views about how mental health is defined, pedagogical strategies used to teach mental health, and how historical and cultural conceptualisations of health and mental health are included in courses. The article presents and discusses the findings. It notes the predominance of American texts in the teaching of mental health at the Chinese universities, and that these courses appear to balance pedagogical approaches towards providing students with up-to-date knowledge on psychopathology and psychiatric social work while offering significant weighting to traditional philosophies and belief systems.

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Supporting people with mental health conditions into paid employment: a briefing for work programme providers

Author:
CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
2p.
Place of publication:
London

A briefing paper providing advice for contractors of Work Programme services on helping people with long-term mental health conditions into employment. The paper explains the benefits of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach to supported employment over the traditional 'train then place' model. It outlines the seven basic principles if IPS, presents some of the research evidence that supports its use over other methods, and explains how it can be used with other client groups. The briefing paper also includes ten questions to consider asking of specialist providers of employment support for people with mental health conditions.

Book

Children hearing voices: what you need to know and what you can do

Authors:
ESCHER Sandra, ROMME Marius
Publisher:
PCCS Books
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
310p.
Place of publication:
Ross-on-Wye

Drawing on a three-year study involving interviews with 80 children and young people about their experiences, this book aims to provide support and practical solutions for the experience of hearing voices. It is in 2 parts. The first section is intended for voice-hearing children and looks at what voice hearing is and learning to deal with it, covering what influence the voices have, what triggers voices, voices and emotions, and explanations for voice hearing. It also presents the stories of 8 children hearing voices. The second section is intended for parents and adult carers, and covers the history of hearing voices, theoretical explanations in mental health care, non-medical explanations, the role of psychiatric treatment, research interviewing children and adolescents hearing voices, children hearing voices and trauma, advice for parents, and parents' experiences.

Digital Media

Getting better

Authors:
LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP, (Producer)
Publisher:
Leeds Animation Workshop
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
(11 mins.), DVD
Place of publication:
Leeds

Six short animated stories about people with learning disabilities who also have mental health problems. The films shows how people with learning disabilities need to stand up for themselves to get fair treatment and in order to look after their health. It also shows what to expect when visiting the doctor's, the clinic or visit the dentist. A booklet is included.

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Prosecution of offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities

Authors:
MAGILL Christine, RIVERS Vanessa
Publisher:
Great Britain. Crown Prosecution Service
Publication year:
2010
Place of publication:
London

In November 2009, the Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board published its National Delivery Plan (NDP), which incorporates a full Government response to the recommendations of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the Criminal Justice System. It sets out a strategic framework and five cross-departmental objectives. The latter are underpinned with key deliverables for relevant Government Departments, including the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Key findings suggest that the CPS should continue to take forward work with the police to improve the completeness of monitoring data on the disability of offenders. CPS Areas should continue to deliver training locally, using a nationally agreed package, to their prosecutors as required. CPS Areas should consider establishing contact and fostering better links with local Primary Care Trusts, to increase awareness of criminal justice needs and to facilitate prosecutors' understanding of the nature of local services. Also, The CPS should revisit its guidance to see if there is scope more clearly to set out the circumstances when it would be appropriate to issue a Conditional Caution in cases involving mentally disordered offenders.

Journal article

Mothers with mental health problems: a systematic review

Authors:
BLEGEN Nina E., HUMMELVOLL Jan K., SEVERINSSON Elisabeth
Journal article citation:
Nursing and Health Sciences, 12(4), December 2010, pp.519-528.
Publisher:
Wiley

Three major themes were examined in the 19 studies included in the review: the vulnerability of mothers with mental health problems, fears of not being considered a good enough mother, and concern that the children might develop mental health problems. The tendency to view the mothers in medical terms rather than as women with their own voices is identified as a barrier to providing help and support to mothers with mental health problems. The need for further research on lived experiences and existential concerns of the mothers is stressed.

Book

Voices of experience: narratives of mental health survivors

Editors:
BASSET Thurstine, STICKLEY Theo, (eds.)
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
212p.
Place of publication:
Chichester

This book contains a wide range of stories written by mental health survivors. The narratives highlight how survivors have developed self-management techniques and strategies for living which offer a guide to anybody struggling with modern life. The book explores a wide variety of mental distress experiences, underpinned by many different explanations and beliefs. Narrative has been central to the recovery approach and this book presents stories of recovery as well as an appraisal of the concept. The book challenges simplistic explanations of recovery and offers a critical angle to our understanding of what it means to experience mental health problems. It offers guidance for mental health workers and professionals within the context of current mental health policies in the UK.

Book

An uneasy dwelling: the story of the Philadelphia Association community houses

Author:
GORDON Paul
Publisher:
PCCS Books
Publication year:
2010
Place of publication:
Ross-on-Wye

The Philadelphia Association has been providing places of asylum for over 40 years. Hundreds of men and women, whether formally designated ‘mentally ill’, or experiencing serious emotional distress, have entered a PA community house and been allowed to “go through whatever they have to go through”, in their own time and in their own way, free from the interventions of psychiatry or family. Despite the longevity and the radically different nature of the project, little has been written about the work. This book is an attempt to correct that. It is in part a history of the houses but also an account of how the houses work today and an exploration of their underpinning ethos. The most famous of the houses was the first, Kingsley Hall, which opened in 1965 and which has come to have an almost iconic status in the world of what has come to be called critical psychiatry. More than 15 houses have been run under PA auspices. In the past the PA was most closely identified with one of its founders, the highly public figure RD Laing. This book is an attempt to explain more about the PA and reveal misperceptions.

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