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Macmillan Higher Education

International Perspectives on Mental Health

Critical issues across the lifespan

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Palgrave

Pages: 208
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Paperback - 9780230222489

15 December 2011

$49.99

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Ebook - 9780230365407

22 November 2011

$39.99

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Mental distress is not exclusive to any particular group but touches the lives of people in all societies and walks of life; one in four of us will be affected by it in our lifetime. Yet the field of mental health is complex –...

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Mental distress is not exclusive to any particular group but touches the lives of people in all societies and walks of life; one in four of us will be affected by it in our lifetime. Yet the field of mental health is complex – fraught with differences in understanding and experience, variations in service provision, political agendas and professional discourses.

This wide-ranging book explores a range of themes in the development of mental health policy and practice, in order to promote critical reflection and enhance understanding. Drawing on an international evidence base, it explores the historical, legal and socio-cultural dimensions of mental health, including:

  •  Anti-discriminatory practice and the ethical tensions posed by legislation, particularly in relation to safeguarding and human rights
  • Trends and concerns in the field of child and adolescent mental health
  • The gender, ethnicity and age-related dimensions of mental ill-health
  • The challenges posed by dual diagnosis and faced by families and carers. 

International Perspectives on Mental Health offers a multi-dimensional view of mental health and wellbeing, with the aim of opening up debate and inviting a more holistic conception of the field. It is required reading for students of mental health on professional and academic courses, as well as for practitioners in the health and social care field.

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International evidence base: one of the only texts on mental health to incorporate examples of policy, practice and research findings?from across the globe
Experienced author team: written by three wellestablished Australian authors with extensive writing experience?
Rounded perspective:?draws on the lived experiences of mental health practitioners, service users?and their family members to present the 'whole picture' of contemporary mental health

PART I: MENTAL HEALTH: AN OVERVIEW
Historical Moments in Mental Health: From Straitjackets to Streets
Constructions of Mental Illness: From the Past Towards the Future
Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Mental Health
PART II: MENTAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Children's Matters
Trying Times for Adolescents: Fight, Flight and Compliance
Adults: The Terrain of Mental Ill Health
Older Men and Women: Turning around the Stereotypes
PART III: MENTAL HEALTH VISTAS AND LANDSCAPES
The Case of Dual Diagnosis in Mental Health
The Upside
Down of 'Caring': Familiesand Mental Health
Anti-Discriminatory Practice: Considerations for Professionals
Concluding Remarks.

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BARBARA FAWCETT Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests focus on disability, mental health, women and violence, participative action research and postmodern feminism.
ZITA WEBER Honorary Lecturer at the University of Sydney where she taught for twenty years. Prior to entering academia, she was a social work practitioner in mental health, child health and rehabilitation areas. Zita has written books about depression and loss and grief.
SHEILA WILSON has worked as a Mental Health Clinician for fifteen years and currently works in a management capacity focusing on service development in the community...

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BARBARA FAWCETT Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests focus on disability, mental health, women and violence, participative action research and postmodern feminism.
ZITA WEBER Honorary Lecturer at the University of Sydney where she taught for twenty years. Prior to entering academia, she was a social work practitioner in mental health, child health and rehabilitation areas. Zita has written books about depression and loss and grief.
SHEILA WILSON has worked as a Mental Health Clinician for fifteen years and currently works in a management capacity focusing on service development in the community context. She has operated as a Tutor for seven years at the University of Sydney in skills based subjects and student placements.
 

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