Putting the soul back into psychiatry

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
MIND (Mental health association)
Publisher
Mind
Date of publication
1 December 2007
Series
MindThink report; 1
Subject(s)
Mental health services, Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This paper presents the themes emerging from a seminar on issues around how psychiatry relates to service users, what it expresses about peoples direct experience of mental distress, how psychiatrists relate to alternative modes of treatment and other professions and services, and the capability of psychiatry to operate across the cultural, religious and spiritual boundaries characteristic of a diverse society. Discussion points and conclusions from the seminar are summarised in this report, which also makes some practical recommendations for reform of psychiatry. The recommendations outlined in this report include: more emphasis on people skills in the recruitment and training of psychiatrists; more meaningful service user, carer and community involvement in the syllabus, curriculum and training programme for psychiatrists and in the development of values-based psychiatry; more service user, carer and community involvement in the education and training of psychiatrists; change to improve understanding and communication between psychiatrists and other stakeholders in multidisciplinary contexts; developing psychiatric practice that is responsive to service user choice and enables service users to explore alternatives to medical and neuroleptic approaches; and service user involvement in identifying, negotiating and re-negotiating desired treatment outcomes and modalities with mental health service providers.

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