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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Social Inclusion and Mental Health

Edited by Jed Boardman, Alan Currie, Helen Killaspy and Gillian Mezey

Price: £30.00

College members' price: £27.00

Published: Jun 2010

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 410

ISBN: 9781904671879

Social Inclusion and Mental Health

Medicine is changing, towards a greater emphasis on self-care and patient choice. But truly collaborative care is hampered by inequality, exacerbated by stigmatisation and discrimination. These experiences of social exclusion can block the road to recovery for people with mental illness.

People with mental illness are among the most socially excluded in our society.

This book is concerned with social exclusion and mental disorder and the steps that psychiatrists and mental health workers can take to facilitate the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Alongside contributions from psychiatrists and mental health professionals, people with mental illness and their carers write about the helplessness they sometimes feel when faced with mental health services, the challenges of caring for someone, and what might be done to aid the journey to recovery.

The book encompasses a wealth of experience and evidence supported by research and everyday practice.

Key features:

  • Comprehensive discussion of the nature and extent of exclusion resulting from mental illness in the UK today.
  • Recovery-oriented perspectives from mental health professionals, serviceusers and carers.
  • Advice on how professional practice, training and mental health services can be transformed to facilitate social inclusion.

This is an invaluable resource for mental health professionals, medical educators, policy makers, mental health service providers and charities.






Book-signing session held at the College's International Congress, June 2010

About the editors:

Jed Boardman - Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
Alan Currie - Consultant Psychiatrist, Newcastle.
Helen Killaspy - Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry, University College London
Gillian Mezey - Reader in Forensic Psychiatry, Division of Mental Health at St George's, University of London.

Quote from the editors:

"Social inclusion and recovery are of central importance to people with mental health problems and their facilitation is crucial to the work of mental health professionals and the services in which they work."








Part 1: What is social exclusion?






Concepts of social exclusion



Social exclusion of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities: key aspects



Policy and social exclusion



How is social exclusion relevant to psychiatry?



Socially inclusive working across the psychiatric subspecialties





Part 2: Social exclusion – the scope of the problem


The extent of disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion in the UK



How are people with mental health problems excluded?



Social exclusion in specific social groups and individuals with mental health problems



Social exclusion and people with mental health problems – developing a clearer picture



Finding acceptance – the experiences of people who use mental health services



Social inclusion from the carer’s perspective





Part 3: Working towards inclusive psychiatry


Social inclusion: research and evidence-based practice



Implications of social inclusion for individual practice



Socially inclusive mental health services – what will they look like?



Training for socially inclusive practice



Community mental health and the inclusion–exclusion seesaw



Socially inclusive practice and psychiatry in the 21st century




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"This well-constructed in-depth review of the nature and extent of social exclusion should be required reading for all mental health professionals - for it deals with what we all see every day."
- British Journal of Wellbeing

"This reviewer would recommend this well-referenced work as a starting point for thinking about psychiatry and its relationship with the outside world. There is consistent attention to detail, and the individual chapters stand on their own extremely well. The trainee in general adult psychiatry will find this book to be a useful starting point in understanding his population."
- Journal of Mental Health

“It offers compelling evidence...and provides detailed information and a welcome analysis of the social issues that directly impact on people’s mental health. It's scope is enormous and this is its strength, enabling the reader to make important connections about mental wellbeing, deprivation, recovery and participation in society. ...a valuable read for everyone.”
- Mental Health Today