Good Practice in Adult Mental Health (Good Practice in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice)

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This text is a guide to good practice within adult mental health care, providing a comprehensive introduction to mental health and illness. It is designed to aid mental health professionals and workers, agencies, and any individuals coming in to contact with mental illness, in recognising a mental health need or problem and offering appropriate support. This is an essential introduction written by practitioners, and also draws from the personal experiences of service users and carers, providing up-to-date and topical material covering major issues such as: * the concepts of mental health, illness and recovery * advocacy and empowerment * legal and policy issues relating to practice * gender and ethnicity in mental health * violence and abuse. 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.

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If only all practice was as good as the ideals promoted here. Author: Journal of Mental Health

There are articles on multidisciplinary teams, gender and race in mental health, carers issues, and contributions from individual service users and from the service user movement. A psychiatrist outlines theories behind medical diagnoses and a solicitor writes on human rights law. One welcome inclusion is a chapter recognising the stresses of working in mental health and the importance of support to front-line practitioners. Author: Community Care

Good Practice in Adult Mental Health is an excellent resource for mental health practitioners, that aims to provide the background knowledge to understand the theory, practice, law, politics and the personal experiences of service users and carers. Twenty-three contributors, in eighteen chapters, cover the concepts of mental health, illness and recovery; advocacy and empowerment; legal and policy issues; gender and ethnicity; violence and abuse... Good Practice in Adult Mental Health provides a good overview of the subject and will merit a place on the reading list for those working in, or those seeking a wider knowledge of, mental health care in the UK. Well recommended. Author: The International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research

Written for mental health professionals, as well as anyone who might come into contact with mental illness, this guide covers a wide range of issues, including theories, practices, law, and politics regarding mental illness, and the personal experiences of service users and social workers. The contributions offer case studies, vignettes, questions for group discussion, good practice points, and lists of further resources and useful organizations. The glossary defines key terms used throughout the volume. Author: Book News

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Tony Ryan is Director of Tony Ryan Associates, an Associate Consultant with the National Institute for Mental Health in England (North West) and an Associate Consultant for the Health and Social Care Advisory Service and has worked in service development since June 2000. He has experience as a mental health nurse in the NHS and edited Managing Crisis and Risk in Mental Health Nursing (1999). Tony has published on a wide range of topics including service development, mental health policy, nursing practice and research methodology. Jacki Pritchard is a qualified social worker who has worked as a practitioner and manager in both fieldwork and hospital settings. She is currently working as a trainer, consultant and researcher focusing on abuse, risk and violence.

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