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Social Perspectives in Mental Health


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Foreword, Judy Foster, Social Perspectives Network. Introduction, Jerry Tew, University of Central England. 1. Core Themes of Social Perspectives, Jerry Tew. 2. Social Approaches to Madness and Distress: User Perspectives and User Knowledges, Peter Beresford, Brunel University and Chair of Shaping our Lives. 3. Beyond Biomedical Models: A perspective from critical psychiatry, Duncan Double, Consultant psychiatrist, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich. 4. Power Relations, Social Order and Mental Distress, Jerry Tew. 5. Social Capital and Mental Health, Martin Webber, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London. 6.The Social/Trauma Model - Mapping the Mental Health Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Similar Experiences, Sally Plumb, Mental Health Training Group, West Midlands. 7. Finding a Way Forward: A Black Perspective on Social Approaches to Mental Health, Peter Ferns, Independent Consultant. 8. Women's Mental Health: Taking Inequality into Account, Jennie Williams, Independent Consultant. 9. `The Sickness Label Infected Everything we Said': Lesbian and Gay Perspectives on Mental Distress, Sarah Carr, Social Care Institute for Excellence. 10. Approaches to Risk in Mental Health: A Multidisciplinary Discourse, Shulamit Ramon, Anglia Polytechnic University. 11. Recovery from Mental Breakdown, Jan Wallcraft, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and fellow for Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health Experts by Experience, National Institute for Mental Health in England. 12. Social Perspectives: Towards a Framework for Practice, Jerry Tew. Contributors. Subject Index. Author Index.

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An introduction to practice frameworks that help to make sense of people's mental distress and recovery in relation to their social experience

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Jerry Tew is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Central England and has substantial practitioner experience as an approved social worker. He is a member of the executive of the Social Perspectives Network and is the coordinator of its research subgroup. Jerry is also the social work advisor for the interdisciplinary Mental Health in Higher Education Project and the author of Social Theory, Power and Practice.


A brilliantly succinct and readable summary that brings together models and evidence from sociology, psychology, social psychiatry, service user networks and the disability and minority rights movements into a coherent whole. I guarantee you's be hooked. -- Clinical Psychology Forum 186

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