A Straight-Talking Introduction to Being a Mental Health Service User
ISBN 978 1 906254 20 9 (2010)
Few of us would want to be a user of psychiatric services. It is a status associated with fear, stigma, isolation and disadvantage. This book takes a closer look at the realities for people and how to deal with them. It shows that what may begin as a painful and unwanted experience can pave the way for new understandings and life chances, and how psychiatric service users are coming together to bring about changes benefiting us all. A whistlestop tour covers topics such as mental health and inequality, the social model of disability, civil rights, recovery, compulsion, survivor led alternatives to psychaitric care and peer-support.
A pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health. The authors are acknowledged leaders in their respective specialist fields with reputations for clear thinking, realistic, compassionate approaches and straight talking.
Rather than accept that solutions to mental health problems are owned by the medical professions, these books look at alternatives and provide information so that the users of psychiatric services, their families and carers can make more decisions about their own lives. Becoming more active in mental health issues requires knowledge — this series of books is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about mental health problems. These books also introduce ways of working collaboratively with doctors, psychiatrists and counsellors.
Other books in this series
•The Causes of Mental Health ProblemsJohn Read & Pete Sanders
•Psychiatric DiagnosisRichard Bentall
•Psychiatric DrugsJoanna Moncrieff
•Psychological Treatments for Mental Health ProblemsDavid Pilgrim
•Children's Mental Health ProblemsSami Timimi
Foreword Jan Wallcraft
Ch 1: Setting the scene
Ch 2: The psychiatric system
Ch 3: The language of ‘mental health’
Ch 4: The mental health service user/survivor movement
Ch 5: Mental health services and inequality
Ch 6: Issues of identity
Chapter Seven: From a medical to a social model
Ch 8: Developing a new vision: Principles for the future
Ch 9: Developing a new vision: Survivor-led approaches to support
Ch 10: Developing a new vision: Routes to achieving Change
Postscript: A broader view and next steps
The Straight Talking series works because all the authors are mental health experts who can really write. Peter Beresford's book provides a comprehensive yet digestible account of the main issues relating to the service user movement ... Not only does the book describe service user/survivor critiques of existing services, it sets out ways in which service user-led services can provide the kinds of help that people actually want. Guy Holmes, Clinical Psychologist for South Staffordshire & Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust. Therapy Today June 2011.
... I was pleased to find it well written, mostly interesting and pleasantly thought provoking ... I think this book is an interesting overview both for experienced survivor activists, and also for professionals who should be curious about a survivor perspective. Terry Simpson, long term survivor activist.