K. Newbigging and others
Mental Health Review, vol.10, Mar.2005, p.16-21
The introduction of primary care graduate mental health workers is a central element of a national strategy to enable primary care to respond effectively to people presenting with mental health problems. Article presents a case of how these workers were introduced in the North West region of England.
Health Service Journal, vol.115, Apr.21st 2005, p.24-26
Black and minority ethnic patients are profoundly estranged fom the mental health services due to their institutional racism. Involvement of community organisations and promotion of culturally sensitive staff practice are key to tackling the problems.
R. Williams and M. Kerfoot (editors)
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005
The mental health problems of children and adolescents are a major concern and a challenge to policymakers, service designers, planners, commissioners, and providers of services within health and social care. However a considerable amount of evidence has accumulated in the last 50 years about effectiveness and the factors that affect how best to deliver services. This book brings together this evidence in the following areas:
J. Rodgers and R. Townsley
Journal of Integrated Care, vol.13, Apr. 2005, p.44-48
Article reports results of research on how organisations can effectively commission information in a variety of formats that is genuinely accessible and useful to people with learning difficulties.
Community Care, Apr. 21st-27th 2005, p.34-35
Teenagers' mental health has declined over the past 25 years. GPs lack training in dealing with distressed teenagers and their treatment and referral options are limited. Schools should do more to educate young people about mental well-being, but the current focus on improving academic standards leaves teachers with little time for pastoral work.
Community Practitioner, vol.78, 2005, p.124-125
Health professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of early intervention in severe mental illness, and government would like every NHS trust to have an early intervention service. Article explores the role of community practitioners in helping patients with mental illness get early treatment.
Community Care, Apr.14th-20th 2005, p.32-34
Two recent homicides by mental patients have led to renewed debate about risk-taking and risk assessment by professionals. Proposed new mental health legislation also disproportionately emphasizes the danger posed by people with mental health problems to the general public. There is now a climate of fear both in society and in the mental health services which is leading to more people being compulsorily detained in psychiatric hospitals. This may discourage people with mental health problems from seeking treatment.
L. Gash and S. Campbell
Mental Health Review, vol. 10, Mar 2005, p.30-32
Mental health care is not easy to govern. PCTs commonly lack the expertise to fully utilise the clinical governance agenda to improve care for people with mental health problems. At the same time mental health trusts may not prioritise working with primary care. Authors conclude that mental health must be both incorporated effectively into the clinical governance agenda in primary care and limited to people with expertise in the field.
A. McCulloch and others
Mental Health Review, vol. 10, Mar 2005, p.7-15
The medical model views mental illness as arising from a disorder of the brain or CNS which should be amenable to pharmacological treatment. However drug treatments, although very widely used are not particularly effective for depression or schizophrenia. Alternative approaches such as exercise and CBT for depression and family interventions for schizophrenia should be considered. Article goes on to consider the future of the medical model in mental health care and proposes a way forward through integration with other approaches.
London: TSO, 2005
Act's key provisions are:
Mental Health Review, vol. 10, Mar.2005, p.26-29
Ecotherapy refers to supporting marginalised people with diverse disabilities to work with nature. It delivers therapeutic strategies designed to reconnect people with themselves, their community and nature. Article discusses how the approach might be promoted through practitioner training.
Mental Health Review, vol.10, Mar.2005, p.33-38
Governments need to develop locally tailored approaches to mental health service provision suited to the culture and resources. They need to prioritise:
Mental Health Today, Apr.2005, p.16-17
Describes the work of the Touchstone community support centre in Leeds which offers targeted services to black and minority ethnic people with mental health problems. The centre offers a drop-in service and one-to-one case management for clients with complex needs.
Mental Health Today, Apr.2005, p.28-31
Article draws on recent in-depth ethnographic and interview work in two community gardening projects for people with mental health problems, one in Nottingham and one in Glasgow, to explore how historical themes about the curative powers of nature connect with current debates about recovery, purposeful employment and social inclusion.