Serious Mental Health Problems in the Community: Policy, Practice, and Research

Serious Mental Health Problems in the Community: Policy, Practice, and Research

Serious Mental Health Problems in the Community: Policy, Practice, and Research

Serious Mental Health Problems in the Community: Policy, Practice, and Research

Synopsis

The shift in the care of people with serious mental illness to community-based care has been the subject of intense policy, educational and research activity, yet the provision of effective services remains problematic. This book brings together experts from a range of disciplines to provide a comprehensive and contemporary account of community services. Section I: Contemporary Issues in Community Health Care Services provides an informed and critical overview of the effect of policy framework, organizational structures, economic issues and the principles of 'good' practice in the provision of community services for people with serious mental health problems. Section II: Specific Intervention strategies summarises much of the work to date on working effectively with people who have serious mental health problems. It combines research evidence and practical illustrations of approaches and interventions with informed comment on their efficacy and implementation in routine clinical practice. Chapters include key points, case studies, questions for reflection and discussion and suggested further reading. Relevant research and evidence is cited throughout and the need for further research in this area are emphasised. All students and practitioners involved in planning, providing and evaluating services for people who have serious mental health problems will find this book an invaluable source of information for developing and delivering effective services.

Excerpt

Despite the recent emphasis which government policy has placed upon people with serious mental health problems, few texts provide an overview of current understanding about this client group, their needs and the provision of services to meet these needs. In this book we have endeavoured to draw together policy, research, practice and educational experts from a range of disciplines to provide a comprehensive and contemporary account of community services, approaches, interventions and teaching programmes for people who are disabled by serious and ongoing mental health problems.

This is not, however, a step-by-step guide. Local populations differ as do local services, community resources, personnel and visions of excellence: it is only through creativity and innovation that new ideas can be tried and tested and we do not advocate nor guarantee any single model of service provision. Nevertheless, each of the contributors does provide research evidence and practical illustrations of approaches and interventions which have been shown to be effective and they detail the problems and possibilities of implementing such practice within local services. It is for local commissioners, planners, practitioners and educational establishments to piece this evidence together and fit it into local services to meet the needs of the local people.

The book has been written with this broad mental health service constituency in mind. Theoretical models and research findings are presented alongside case studies and practical examples so that all those involved in the support of people with serious mental health problems will find it valuable and interesting — whether commissioning, planning, providing teaching or using services.

Although the book is launched onto a sea of political change, it is clear that the new administration will largely emphasise many aspects of good practice already highlighted by contributors working at the cutting edge. The clearest indication of the direction of forthcoming changes is the proposals to strengthen links between all agencies impacting on health: primary and secondary services, health and social care, housing and employment. Throughout this text, the importance of close collaboration between care agencies is all too evident, as are the deleterious effects of homelessness . . .

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