Good Practice in Adult Mental Health

Good Practice in Adult Mental Health

Good Practice in Adult Mental Health

Good Practice in Adult Mental Health

Synopsis

"The broad range of this book makes it an excellent resource for mental health practitioners, whether experienced or new to the field, support workers, students, and anyone interested in understanding the complexities of mental illness and the mental health system." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Mental illness affects one in three people in their lifetime and as such is a major area of health and social care provision. Given the prevalence, and the limited resources available to support people with mental health needs and their carers, a wide range of individuals, professionals and agencies come into contact and provide support to people from all strata of society. There is a variety of mental illnesses and disorders, some of which carry more stigma than others. Consequently, there is an array of interventions and responses available to effectively support people with mental health needs. Because of the complexity of the range of illnesses and their effects, the knowledge needed to support people may be varied. It is not just specialist mental health professionals who come into contact with people with mental health needs but also a wide range of other health and social care personnel, including employment support workers, housing workers, probation staff, care workers in residential homes, domiciliary care workers and staff working in street agencies.

It is for the above reasons that we decided to edit this book. It is intended to be read by mental health professionals with experience in the field through to workers across all sectors who may be required to recognise a mental health need or problem and to provide some form of support. The book is also intended to provide such readers with a better insight into the mental health system in order to help people they are working with access specialist services and support. It will also be beneficial to anyone who has little or no experience in mental health but who is considering a career in this area.

Our objective in bringing together this collection is to provide guidance on good practice in adult mental health. In order to do this a wide range of issues need to be understood; these include theory, practice, law, politics and the personal experiences of service users and carers. To achieve this we felt it was vital to demonstrate the human nature and impact of mental ill health. Contributors have achieved this by . . .

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