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Book

Is anybody there: a survey of friendship and mental health

Author:
WRIGHT Sarah
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
56p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Report of research exploring the experience of friendship in relation to mental distress. Begins by examining the experience of being a friend of someone in mental distress, discussing the impact on the friendship and the support available for carers. Then goes on to consider the situation of the person in distress: whether they disclose to friends, the responses they receive and the support that friends can give. Ends by analysing the nature of friendship and makes policy and practice recommendations.

Journal article

Friends in deed

Author:
WRIGHT Sarah
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, 4(9), May 2001, pp.288-289.
Publisher:
Pavilion

Looks at the vital and unrecognised role friends play in supporting people with mental health problems.

Journal article

A friend in need

Authors:
WRIGHT Sarah, FAULKNER Alison, BIRD Lisa
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 109, May 2001, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
MIND

Explains how stigma and discrimination about mental health problems can intrude on relationships between users and those closest to them.

Book

Research project into user groups and empowerment

Author:
MATTHEW Sharon
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
20p.
Place of publication:
London

This user group project interviewed members of three user groups in central London, and found that attending these groups had a positive impact on mental health. Participants reported increased confidence and an ability to view their mental health experiences in a more positive light; also that the groups had acted as advocates when working with mental health professionals, which helped people take more control in these relationships.

Journal article

Attachment in mental health institutions: a critical review of assumptions clinical implications and research strategies

Authors:
SCHUENGEL C., IJZENDOORN M.H. Van
Journal article citation:
Attachment and Human Development, 3(3), December 2001, pp.304-323.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Attachment is relevant to institutionalised treatment and the therapeutic process in three identifiable ways: patients bring their mental representations of previous and existing attachment relationships to the treatment; attachment is relevant to the extent to which a therapeutic alliance is established and maintained. The outcome of the treatment may be related to attachment. Presents a review of attachment concepts which reveals that the several theoretical, conceptual and empirical questions remain to be answered before evidence-based clinical attachment guidelines can be formulated concerning patient-staff relationships.

Journal article

Flexible care can be just a jive

Author:
TAYLOR Carolyn
Journal article citation:
Care Plan, 8(1), September 2001, pp.28-30.
Publisher:
Positive Publications/ Anglia Polytechnic University, Faculty of Health and Social Work

Reports on one of the winners of the health and social care awards. Looks at the use of "flexible carers" in Oxfordshire, who provided regular home based support to older people suffering from functional mental illness or dementia.

Book

I Want to be your friend: but I don't know how: whole school approaches to children's mental health

Author:
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
25p.
Place of publication:
London

Describes five projects based in schools which were designed to promote children's mental health. Begins by describing the role of schools in mental health promotion and then describes the aims and objectives of each project, how it worked and what it achieved, with individual case studies of participants. Draws lessons from the projects and makes recommendations for further practice.

Book

Mental health nursing: the art of compassionate care

Author:
WATKINS Peter
Publisher:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
237p.
Place of publication:
Oxford

Analyses mental health nursing, using as a central theme the significance of the relationship between mental health professionals and service users. Discusses the meaning of distress and ways to recovery; the working alliance between professional and user; the therapeutic use of the self by professionals; and personal management and development for professionals.

Book

The rise and fall of Synanon: a California utopia

Author:
JANZEN Rod
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
320p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Baltimore, MD

This book describes the first therapeutic community of Synanon, an innovative drug rehabilitation centre near Santa Monica beach which began in 1958. Synanon centred around Charles E. Chuck Dederick, who began the community/family/home for individuals voluntarily assisting one another through the experience of drug withdrawal and rehabilitation. Many had extensive histories of crime, imprisonment, and failure to cease drug use via the route of traditional mental health services. Synanon was a highly controversial therapeutic community and counselling style, and remained such throughout it's history. Its confrontive counselling style, called attack therapy, had its believers and its critics both in and out of the traditional mental health community. The concept of former addicts treating recently-arrived addicts did not fit some of society's view of the professional hospital environment. Individuals wanting to have a chance to change their lives at Synanon were invited to join the organisation if they were willing to live by the house agreements which were basically no drugs and no socially embarrassing or inappropriate behaviour. Synanon did not consider its residents to be sick. Synanon's emphasis on self-help and self reliance is one of the major areas of contrast between it and Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is built upon a person's reliance upon a higher power. Synanon was established upon the basis of self-help and actualisation.

Book

Understanding borderline personality disorder

Author:
FLORY Louise
Publisher:
MIND
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
16p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Borderline personality disorder is a controversial diagnosis distinct from schizophrenia. The borderline aspect is sen to express being on the border of psychosis.. Three quarters of those given this diagnosis are women. Symptoms include self harm, frantic efforts to avoid being alone, relationship problems, an uncertain self image, anger that is inappropriate, depression and periods of paranoia or feeling unreal when under stress. Because of the controversy surrounding its diagnosis services are not readily available. The book suggests sources of help for those diagnosed with this problem.

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