Whose health, whose care, whose say?: the opportunities and challenges of contemporary policy for people with complex mental health needs

Document type
Conference proceedings
Corporate author(s)
Social Perspectives Network (Great Britain)
Social Perspectives Network
Date of publication
1 January 2007
Mental health services, Social Policy, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This document is comprised of the proceedings of a study day organised by the Social Perspectives Network and CISP Eastern examining the potential opportunities offered by the 2006 health and social care white paper (entitled Our Health, Our Care, Our Say: a new direction for community services), the 2006 Local Government White Paper and other related policy areas, for meeting mental health needs frequently considered complex and sometimes intractable. The document consists of workshop reports from the study day and papers which build upon the presentations and discussions from the study day. The aim of these papers and reports is to offer explorations and prompts for readers to use in their consideration of how new policy directions can help shift thinking and practice away from stigmatisation, labelling and exclusion, and towards better empathy, empowerment and mainstream engagement. The workshops covered learning disabilities and mental health, personality disorders, substance misuse and mental health, and the Criminal Justice System and homelessness in the context of mental health.

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