CHAPTER 1Jerry TewOver recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the social aspects
of mental health, both in terms of seeking to understand what may contribute
to mental distress, and what forms of support and intervention may be most
helpful in assisting people to reclaim meaningful and socially valued lives
(Duggan, 2002; Karban, 2003). This interest has come from users, their
families, friends and allies, and from practitioners and academics from
across the spectrum of mental health disciplines. This has been reflected
in government policy initiatives such as the National Service Framework
(Department of Health, 1999), strategies and guidance for services
for women, Black and ethnic minorities, and for personality disorder
(Department of Health, 2003a, 2003b, 2003c), and a wider recognition that
mental health should figure within the overall social inclusion agenda (Office
of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2004).Although currently topical, there is nothing new about social perspectives – in different ways, understanding the interrelation of 'mental distress'
and 'problems of living' is something that has been on the agenda of
Core Themes of Social
|• ||sociology – for example, studying the impact of poverty,
discrimination and social labelling on mental distress|
|• ||psychology and psychotherapy – for example, exploring links between
trauma and mental distress|
|• ||social work – focus on anti-oppressive practice and empowerment|
|• ||social psychiatry and behavioural family therapy – for example, looking
at 'expressed emotion' and communication in families|
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Book title: Social Perspectives in Mental Health: Developing Social Models to Understand and Work with Mental Distress.
Contributors: Jerry Tew - Editor.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2005.
Page number: 13.
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