British Journal of Social Work, vol. 39, 2009, p. 1615-1622
Mental health interventions in Western societies are moving in the direction of recovery, and a focus on those experiencing mental ill health being able to manage their condition and lead a meaningful life. However, at times of crisis compulsory hospital admission or treatment in the community may be invoked. This article looks at the current role of British social workers in the recovery movement and in compulsory treatment.
Community Living, vol. 23, no.2, 2009, p. 6-7
Argues that people with learning difficulties may need the help of a professional broker in using their Individual Budgets to put together the package of services they want.
K. Stalker and J. Lerpiniere
Disability and Society, vol. 24, 2009, p. 829-843
This study examines Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (the provision of goods, services and facilities) in relation to adults with learning disabilities. It presents the views of people with learning disabilities, gathered through focus groups and interviews, about the Act and about using services. Awareness of their rights was generally low, although activists were better informed. While usually offered reasonable service in shops, pubs and other facilities, people were sometimes treated unfairly. This could take the form of being treated with a lack of courtesy and respect, failure to make reasonable adjustments, and outright refusal to serve. People felt a strong sense of injustice when treated in these ways, but the majority were unlikely to complain.
A. Picton and S. Elsmore
Community Living, vol.23, no.2, 2009, p. 20-23
Presents an overview of some of the key provisions of the Mental Capacity Act important to health and social care practice and looks in particular at how it affects people with learning difficulties, including some case studies.
K. Patel and I. Shaw
Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 14, Dec. 2009, p. 12-24
This article explores the under-use by people from the Gujarati community of mental health services in the UK. It considers two key questions: 1) whether this group genuinely enjoys very good mental health (and if so, why) and 2) whether there are any factors which hold members of this community back from seeking help.
J. Wales and S. Pryjmachuk
Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 14, Dec. 2009, p. 46-55
The UK has around 1.5 million relatives and friends caring for people with mental health problems. Although such carers have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs, uptake appears to be low. This article reports on a small study which explored what eight mental health care co-ordinators thought the barriers to uptake of carers' assessments might be, and how practice might be improved.
S. Fernando and F. Keating (editors)
London: Routledge, 2010
Now in its second edition, this book is an authoritative, comprehensive guide to issues around race, culture and mental health service provision, including training, service user involvement, and policy development. It has been updated to reflect the changes in the UK over the last ten years and features entirely new chapters by over twenty authors, expanding the range of topics by including issues of particular concern for women, family therapy, and mental health of refugees and asylum seekers. Divided into four sections, the book covers: issues around mental health service provision for black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, including refugees and asylum seekers; critical accounts of how these issues may be confronted, with examples of projects that attempt to do just that; programmes and innovative services that appear to meet some of the needs of BME communities; and, a critical but constructive account of lessons to be drawn from earlier sections and discussion of the way ahead.
Mental Health Review Journal, vol.14, Dec. 2009, p. 4-11
The concept of social exclusion came into widespread use in the UK following the publication of a Social Exclusion Unit report in 2004. In that report, no succinct definition of social exclusion was attempted, although the term was implicitly linked with a wide range of social problems. Based on a comparison of the ways of thinking about social exclusion within the mental health literature, this article uses a social systems approach to understanding it. The approach is later used to examine the position of people with mental health needs in the UK. It is concluded that social policy initiatives need to focus both on tackling the structural barriers that work to exclude people with mental health needs, and on challenging deep-rooted prejudices that reinforce those barriers.
J. Seale and M. Nind (editors)
London: Routledge, 2010
The issue of access is at the forefront of the practical challenges facing people with learning difficulties and people working with or supporting them. This book brings together evidence, narratives and discussions that question and advance our understanding of the concept of access for people with learning difficulties. The authors draw on their expertise to analyse a wide range of situations, including access to public spaces, citizenship education, community participation, and employment. Through a series of related chapters, key researchers in the field of inclusion and learning difficulties enrich the access debate by: