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Economics, mental health and policy: an overview

Authors:
KNAPP Martin, et al
Publisher:
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
41p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This report summarises findings presented at Mental Health Economics European Network events in London and Brussels in September and December 2007. It highlights funding issues, assesses the merits of the case for investment in promotion and prevention, looks at how economic incentives might influence the balance of care, reflects on some implications of poor mental health for employment and productivity, focuses on further development of the European Service Mapping Schedule and, as an example, considers the challenges to be faced in two  countries, Turkey and Hungary, currently undergoing rapid economic and social transition.

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Diversion: a better way for criminal justice and mental health

Authors:
PARSONAGE Michael, et al
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
64p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Diversion finds that court diversion and liaison schemes in England only work with one in five of the people with mental health problems who go through the criminal justice system. Many opportunities for diversion are being missed and too little is being done to ensure that offenders with mental health problems make continuing use of community mental health services. But in the absence of a clear national policy framework, diversion services have developed in a piecemeal and haphazard way. Many schemes are insecurely funded and there is an unacceptably wide degree of variation in their ways of working. The report looks at the evidence on outcomes and the effectiveness of diversion, it includes information from site visits and looks at whether diversion is good value for money.

Journal article

Prevalence of parental mental illness in Australian families

Authors:
MAYBERRY Darryl John, et al
Journal article citation:
Psychiatric Bulletin, 33(1), January 2009, pp.22-26.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The purpose was to provide multiple estimates of the numbers of Australian and Victorian families and children living in families where a parent has had a mental illness. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Victorian Mental Health Branch service usage and data collected from 701 community participants to triangulate prevalence information were used. According to population estimates, 23.3% of all children in Australia have a parent with a non-substance mental illness, 20.4% of mental health service users have dependent children and 14.4% of the community study participants report having at least one parent with a mental illness. The multiple prevalence estimates of the numbers of children in families with parental mental illness provide fundamental information for psychiatric policy, planning and programming.

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Recruitment and mental health

Author:
EMPLOYERS' FORUM ON DISABILITY
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
London

Mental ill health is common and can affect anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or social group. Three in ten employees will experience mental health problems during a year. The majority of people with mental health problems are willing and able to work. Despite this, an estimated one million people are out of work. This report describes what employers and government could do differently that would make it easier to recruit people with mental health problems

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The mental health of prisoners: a thematic review of the care and support of prisoners with mental health needs

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Home Office. HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Publisher:
Great Britain. Home Office. HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
101p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a report called 'The mental health of prisoners. A thematic review of the care and support of prisoners with mental health needs'. It identifies gaps in services and makes recommendations for improvements

Journal article

When equality is not really equal: affirmative action and consumer participation

Authors:
HAPPELL Brenda, ROPER Cath
Journal article citation:
Journal of Public Mental Health, 5(3), September 2006, pp.6-11.
Publisher:
Emerald

Consumer participation in mental health service planning and delivery is now authorised through Australian government policy. While strategies have been implemented to foster opportunities for participation, they have rarely been evaluated for their effectiveness. Furthermore, the inadequacy of these strategies to support policy implementation has been criticised in the literature and identified as a major obstacle to genuine and effective consumer participation in mental health care. This paper argues that there is an urgent need for affirmative action in order to overcome the current and historical discrimination that prevents consumers from active participation.

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Improving the mental health of the population: towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union: green paper

Author:
EUROPE. Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General
Publisher:
European Commission
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
25p.
Place of publication:
Brussels

The Green paper aims to launch a public consultation on how better to tackle mental illness and promote mental wellbeing in the EU, in line with the mandate for action at Community level. If confirmed, the initiative should lead to the development of a Commission proposal for an EU-strategy on mental health in late 2006.

Journal article

Sign of progress or confusion? a commentary on the European Commission Green Paper on mental health

Author:
PRIEBE Stefan
Journal article citation:
Psychiatric Bulletin, 30(8), August 2006, pp.281-282.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The paper came out in October 2005 following the World Health Organization European Ministerial Conference on Mental Health in the same year. It has the noble intention ‘to launch a debate with the European institutions, governments, health professionals, stakeholders and other sectors... about the relevance of mental health for the EU [European Union], the need for a strategy at EU-level and its possible priorities’. It portrays ‘mental ill health’ as a growing problem in the EU with wide economic consequences, and suggests preventive action, social inclusion of people with mental illness and more data on mental health across the EU. In the paper, the Commission invited all potential stakeholders in mental healthcare in the EU to contribute to a consultation process, which ended in May 2006.

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Psychiatric drug promotion and the politics of neoliberalism

Author:
MONCRIEFF Joanna
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 188(4), April 2006, pp.301-302.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The pharmaceutical industry has popularised the idea that many problems are caused by imbalances in brain chemicals. This message helps to further the aims of neoliberal economic and social policies by breeding feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. These feelings in turn drive increasing consumption, encourage people to accept more pressured working conditions and inhibit social and political responses.

Journal article

Into the future

Author:
FOSTER Bob
Journal article citation:
Professional Social Work, June 2004, p.17.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Considers the future for children's mental health services. This article is written in a personal capacity. It largely reflects the situation in England, but may also have relevance for other parts of the UK.

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