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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2002): Mental Health Services - Overseas

MENTAL HEALTH, RACE AND CULTURE

S. Fernando

Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002

An up-to-date text which looks at what is meant by mental health in a world context. The book is divided into two parts. The first looks at theory and tradition covering issues of race, culture and racism; mental health and mental disorder across cultures; the culture of psychiatry; and racism in psychiatry and psychology. The author argues that if we are to move towards a truly universal concept of mental health, psychiatric imperialism at a global level and racist and culturally insensitive ways of working at an individual level must be combated first. Part two looks at practice and innovation of psychiatry applied universally; Asian and African therapy for mental health problems; technologies for mental health; and the redefining of mental illness.

SUPPORTING FAMILIES WITH A MENTALLY ILL PARENT: EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES ON INTERAGENCY COOPERATION

R. Hetherington and K. Baiston

Child Abuse Review, Vol. 10, 2001, p.251-365

Paper reports on the findings of a cross-country comparison of services for community mental health and child protection in 11 states, and considers the implications for English practice. Research shows that good interagency communication, adequate resources, shared knowledge and a network of universal and targeted services all facilitated positive outcomes.

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