Mental Health & Reform

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This section includes books and publications related to general mental health as well as mental health related detention, good practice, reports, reform, and much more.


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Book - Mental Health, Race and CultureMental Health, Race and Culture
(Suman Fernando)
This powerful text offers a unique analysis of the impact of race and culture on contemporary issues in mental health. Drawing on extensive international experience, Fernando challenges the traditional ideas that inform practice in clinical psychology and psychiatry in order to promote new and alternative ways of thinking.

The Mental Health Handbook
(Trevor Powell)
This is an extremely comprehensive resource of photocopiable handouts to aid therapeutic intervention. This treasury of successful photocopiable handouts is sensibly organised for quick access in one convenient package.

Name/TitlePublication Summary
A Straight Talking Intro to Mental Health ProblemsDr John Read worked in the UK and USA for 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services. He is co-editor of 'Models of Madness': Psychological, social and biological approaches to schizophrenia, and founding editor editor the research journal 'Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches'.
Black men and mental health InequalitiesAfrican and African Caribbean communities, including those of white and black mixed ethnicity, can face additional problems which may affect their mental health. Everyday life has a big impact on mental health, and black communities are more likely to experience unemployment and racism, all of which can make people ill.
Key Concepts in Mental HealthThis is the only text to give you a complete, concise overview of mental health and all the issues that surround it from a theoretical and practical point of view. Split into three sections, the book defines mental health and mental illness, examines the services and settings in which mental health care takes place and discusses the societal issues surrounding mental health.
Mental Health & Reform : 4WardEver LibraryHere you can find a selection of publications and resources from various third parties that cover general mental health issues, as well as those related to custody issues. Includes reports, factsheets, policy and reform updates.
Reading Well Agency(Because everything changes when we read) - Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. It is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.
Rethink Mental Illness - FactsheetsHere you’ll find a wide range of over 100 factsheets on topics from medication to the Mental Health Act. They have been created by experts at Rethink mental Illness’ Advice and Information Service, and all of them have achieved the Information Standard for their clarity and simplicity.
Shoot the Damn Dog"Shoot the Damn Dog : A Memoir of Depression" blasts the stigma of depression as a character flaw and confronts the illness Winston Churchill called 'the black dog', a condition that humiliates, punishes and isolates its sufferers. It is a personal account of a journey through (and out of) severe depression, as well as being a practical book, offering ideas about what might help.
Review of Sections 135 & 136 of the Mental Health ActSection 135 of the Act gives police powers to enter private premises with a warrant to remove a persons in need of a mental health assessment. Section 136 gives them powers to remove someone from a public place to a 'place of safety'.


A most disturbing history of black mental health
Drapetomania was the name given to the ‘mental illness’ that numerous enslaved Africans demonstrated by running away from the European slave masters who were abusing them. As far as white doctors in the 1860’s were concerned, human beings were mentally ill if, when physically abused and tortured, they chose to escape.

Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2015/16
The Big Book has updated user-friendly information, tips, tactics and sample forms to support anyone living with mental health problems and those who advise them, in the ever changing world of “welfare reforms”.

An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness
Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it first-hand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients.

Black and dangerous? Patient experiences of mental health services in London
John, a man with a paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis, has spent much of his life in and out of mental health hospitals. A cheerful, chatty 45-year-old, he puts his current stay down to a scuffle with the police. “I get upset when I’m angry. To be black and upset is a cardinal sin.”

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