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Key Concepts in Mental Health

Key Concepts in Mental Health

Second Edition

216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Mental Health
Psychiatric Diagnosis
Psychiatric Epidemiology
Functional and Organic Mental Illness
The Myth of Mental Illness
Personality Disorders
Substance Misuse
Learning Disability
Causes and Constructs
Physical Health
Lay Views of Mental Health and Illness
Eating Disorders
Primary Care
Acute Mental-Health Services
Forensic Mental-Health Services
Service-User Involvement
Mental-Health Professionals
Biological Interventions
Psychological Interventions
Financial Aspects of Mental Health
The Quality of Mental-Health Care
Evidence-Based Practice
Corruption of Care
Mental-Health Policy
Mental-Health Promotion
Capacity and Culpability
Labelling Theory
Social Capital
Social Exclusion
Risks to and from People with Mental-Health Problems
The Mass Media
Social Models of Mental Health
Cross-Cultural Psychiatry
Social Class
Childhood Adversity
The Pharmaceutical Industry

Good understanding how to diagnose all aspect of mental health and support from the mutdisciplinary team.

Mrs Yetunde Akinnuoye
Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
January 14, 2014

This is a good basic book about Mental Health and is written in a way that level 5 students will be able to cope with.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
January 9, 2014

A good book to support the issues surrounding policing during the modern day.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
January 9, 2014

A good supportive text to help level 6 students to use during their dissertations on the topic of vulnerable issues within policing.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
January 9, 2014

This is one of few books that I have found that contain alot of what is needed in the one place.

It is useful in enabling professionals (especially those who are new to the field of mental health) to develop an understanding of mental illness (in terms of diagnosed illnesses) and consideration of mental health services.

In particular I liked the fact that this also explores the more sensitive subjects such as coercion, segregation and exclusion. Discussions which promote thinking around anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

Mrs Surj Sall-Dullat
Mental Health Law & Policy Team, Staffordshire County Council
October 1, 2013

This is a thoroughly grounded textbook for those studying different approaches to mental health. It is accessible to a wide audience of different course disciplines.

Dr Tom O'Connor
Social and General Studies, Cork Institute of Technology
August 7, 2013

This text assists the learner in higher education understand the pertinent points for a range of key topics. Part 1 has been particularly useful in relating theoretical perspectives and the myth of mental illness for our Foundation Degree Mental Health students. The text encourages wider reading and stretches and challenges our able learners.

Mrs Janet Macfarlane
Higher Education, Accrington & Rossendale College
July 9, 2013

I will be recommending this text to students as it gives a great introduction to Mental Health and the key concepts.
It is an easy read which they will find pleasing

Ms Gerri Capper
Access to Higher Education, Warrington Collegiate
July 2, 2013

This book is an excellent resource and is essential background reading for students who are studying mental health issues. Key concepts are described, discussed and debated in a clear and concise way. It will be of benefit to arrange of health professionals and anyone with an interest in mental health.

Professor Mary Steen
Social and Health Evaluation Unit, Chester University
June 15, 2013

A useful book providing a brief introduction to many of the key concepts associated with Mental Health from psychiatric, sociological and psychological perspectives. Althought the book provides a useful introduction to relevant concepts, other resources will be required for more indepth information, which relate back to the role of the nurse specifically.

Miss Joanne Bird
School of Nursing & Midwifery, De Montfort University
January 4, 2013

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. 

David Pilgrim

David Pilgrim is Honorary Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, UK and Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton. After training and working as a clinical psychologist he completed a PhD examining psychotherapy in the organisational setting of the British NHS. He then went on to complete a Master’s in sociology. He has worked at the boundary between clinical psychology and medical sociology for the past 20 years and has produced over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, based upon his research into mental health policy and practice. His years working in the British NHS provided him... More About Author