Mental health is an area that new students and trainee practitioners often find bewildering. This book cuts through the stigma associated with this topic. It delivers bite-sized chunks of information that cover the central concepts and debates which shape contemporary views about mental health and illness. As this book shows, these key concepts not only influence our understanding of mental health, but also govern the provision of services for people with mental health problems.
Drawing together perspectives from sociology, psychiatry, psychology, and ethics, the vital topics in mental health are examined in three parts:
- Mental Health and Mental Health Problems explores theories and understandings of mental health and illness
- Mental Health Services looks at the structure and organization of mental health service delivery, past and present
- Mental Health and Society studies the social context
This new edition adds 10 new concepts as well as updating the previous entries. New topics include childhood adversity, recovery, spirituality, well-being, social & cultural capital, quality of mental health services, evidence-based practice, and work & mental health. This book will be invaluable for trainee health professionals, including clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, and psychotherapists.
New to the 2nd edition:
- Covers changes in mental health in light of new policy introduced 2007 (UK government mental health policies)
- Improved evidence-based findings for the previous 50 concept entries
- Full updates to the previous 50 entries
- Inclusion of 10 new concept entries. These topics are childhood adversity, self harm, recovery, social models of mental health, spirituality, social and cultural capital, quality of mental health services, evidence-based practice, well-being and employment & mental health.