A Straight-Talking Introduction to Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems
ISBN 978 1 906254 18 6 (2009)
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.
Although much recent media attention has been given to being a carer, little of it concerns the particular challenges of caring for someone with mental health problems. This book tells how family and friends of people with complex mental health needs frequently have to battle for, and often with, mental health services, whilst they themselves can be stigmatised. Jen Kilyon and Theresa Smith help carers tell their stories. Although some of these stories end with a positive outcome and others tell of continuing battles, all demonstrate that it is frequently the carers alone who keep hope for recovery alive. The book includes things they found most helpful in their struggles.
Other books in this series
•The Causes of Mental Health Problems John Read & Pete Sanders
•Psychiatric Diagnosis Richard Bentall
•Psychiatric Drugs Joanna Moncrieff
•Psychological Treatments for Mental Health Problems David Pilgrim
•Children's Mental Health Problems Sami Timimi
•Being a User of Psychiatric Services Peter Beresford
2 Institutionalised Madness Liz Swannack
3 Loving Christian Georgina Wakefield
4 Tales of Neglect and Abuse Morgan Winterburn
5 Memories, Medication and Meaning in Manufacturing Madness Marion Hughes
6 More Questions Than Answers Anne Fraser
Appendix 1 Helpful learning and information
Appendix 2 Resources
This book is an urgent wake-up call to all connected with mental health services. The comprehensive introduction shows understanding of the difficulties faced by both sufferers and carers, and signals the editors' hope for a better service. Jenny Bloomer MBACP (Accred), Counsellor/Psychoterapist in independent practice. Therapy Today, November 2009.
I would recommend this book as essential reading to all families at some stage in their caring experience. Ann Clark, parent of a son with complex mental health problems. ISPS UK Newsletter, Winter 2010.