Mental Health Today, May 2003, p.24-26
Presents a case study of the Goldenhill parental support service for mental health service users.
Mental Health Today, May 2003, p.8-9
Reports results of a survey of the mental health service user movement in England. While many respondents felt that they were engaged in changing things for the better, others felt that the movement had lost its way and did not have a national voice. There was also concern that black and minority ethnic service users' views were under-represented. It was also felt to be important that groups did not lose their focus on provision of practical help and support in pursuit of direct user involvement in service development.
(See also Mental Health Today, May 2003, p.20-23)
Nottingham: DfES Publications, 2003
Suggests that the embedding of Connexions personal advisers in the mental health system could improve services for young people and reduce stigmatisation.
M. O'Sullivan and A. Donovan
Mental Health Today, May 2003, p.31-33
Describes how Derby City Social Services devised and ran a training course in participatory skills for mental health service users. The course emerged from the wide-ranging reforms governing the participation of service users in the planning and delivery of mental health services.
Brighton: Pavillion Publishing, 2003
This book is an introduction to some of the central issues in the lives of people with learning disabilities and their supporters. It provides context, underpinning knowledge and practical strategies for giving care and support to people with learning disabilities that promotes rights, independence, choice and inclusion.
Lord Chancellor's Department
The original consultation related to the first drafts of a pack of proposed leaflets intended to provide help and guidance on substituted and supported decision-making on behalf of people with impaired mental capacity. This document covers the background to the report; a summary of responses to the report; a summary of comments on the proposed leaflets; and next steps.
Social Exclusion Unit
The Social Exclusion Unit is undertaking a project to investigate how to reduce social exclusion among adults with mental health problems. The project will consider:
The consultation will give service users and providers, the community, business and voluntary sector the chance to have their say.
Health Service Journal, vol. 113, May 8th 2003, p.10-11
Mental health trusts will be able to apply for foundation status in time.
Health Service Journal, vol. 113, June 5th 2003, p.14-15
There are concerns among activists that mental health services are a lower funding priority than cancer or heart disease treatment. A new report putting the social and economic cost of mental illness in England at £77.4bn may help to redress the balance.
Community Living, vol. 16, no.1, 2002, p.10-11
The Lord Chancellor's Office has published guidance on when it is appropriate for relatives, carers, doctors, social workers and lawyers to make decisions on behalf of people with learning difficulties. Article discusses the shortcomings of the guidance. Argues that:
There is concern that the guidance does not give people with learning difficulties the right to an independent advocate.
P. Kennedy and M. Smyth
Health Service Journal, vol. 113, May 15th 2003, p.32-33
Crisis resolution and home treatment services have proved effective in reducing admissions to acute psychiatric wards. However the services still face resistance from some mental health teams. Concerns, which the authors dispute, include applicability to deprived areas, increased patient risk, and changes to the work of consultant psychiatrists.
Health Service Journal, vol. 113, June 5th 2003, p.28-29
Reports on research conducted by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health into how to make mental health service user groups more effective. Survey responses revealed concerns about a lack of real input, use of volunteers, lack of payment and burnout of activists. The responses also revealed a wide spread feeling of "influence without power".