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People with serious mental illness no longer spend years of their lives in psychiatric institutions. In developed countries, there has been a major shift in the focus of care from hospitals into the community. However, while it means those with mental illness are not confined, it does not guarantee they will be fully integrated into their communities. The barriers to full citizenship are partly due to the disabilities produced by their illnesses and partly by stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes of the public. This book analyzes the causes of these barriers and suggests ways of dismantling them. The book is constructed in two parts: the first relates to social inclusion and the second to occupational inclusion. Throughout, the text is annotated with quotes from consumers to illustrate their experience of the issues discussed. The innovations outlined are described in sufficient detail for the reader to implement them in their own practice.Read more
- Takes an interdisciplinary approach including coverage of social, clinical and economic aspects
- Describes innovative service interventions for use in clinical practice
- Accessible to a wide range of readership groups
- Highly commended in the 2007 BMA Book Awards
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"...the authors... have gathered together an impressive range of evidence that should encourage funders and policy makers that the approach they advocate, social inclusion, makes both social and economic sense. Social Inclusion of People with Mental Illness appears to be pitched at practicioners new to mental health, or perhaps looking for a plainly written overview to what used to be called "social psychiatry." If that is the case the book succeeds admirably. Much of the material has been extensively reported in various journal publications over almost two decades, and the book provides plenty of references for those who wish to pursue the original research and publications. It will be useful for mental health professionals, consumers, researchers and policy makers. For anyone wanting an introduction to the evolution of postinstitutional approaches to mental health care, and social interventions aimed at increasing inclusion this book is a great start."
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"This concise book will most likely appeal to people interested in learning about how services for those with mental illness could be better designed to encourage full integration into societal life. Readers who are more generally interested in caring for those with mental illness or in reducing stigma would also find this book helpful."
Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H., Editor, Psychiatric Services
"The advantages of having decades' worth of practical experience are evident in the many contributions this book makes to caring for people with mental illnesses in compassionate and effective ways. In addition to covering the usual topics of medication adherence, cognitive behavioral interventions, and psychiatric rehabilitation, the authors discuss at some length equally important topics that, for whatever reason, are seldom described by others in the field."Larry Davidson, APA PsychCritiques
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- Date Published: July 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521615365
- length: 204 pages
- dimensions: 247 x 174 x 10 mm
- weight: 0.33kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Barriers to social and occupational integration
2. The course of psychoses
3. The nature of stigma
4. Poverty and social disadvantage
5. Ameliorating users' symptoms
6. Dismantling psychiatric institutions
7. Reducing fear and discrimination among the public
8. Tackling self-stigmatisation
9. Overcoming obstacles to employment
10. Economic obstacles to employment
11. The spectrum of work programmes
12. Social firms
13. Innovative strategies
14. Inclusion and empowerment of consumers.
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