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Introducing Mental Health : A Practical Guide - Caroline Kinsella

Introducing Mental Health

A Practical Guide

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An easy to read, jargon-free introduction to mental health, this practical guide is written for qualified and non-qualified practitioners.
The authors explain key concepts in easily understandable language, accessible even to those with no prior knowledge of the subject. They detail the major mental health disorders and the issues and implications surrounding them, and include separate chapters on personality disorder and self-harm. They provide in-depth practical information on: the Mental Health Act , diagnosis and medication, risk assessment and management, violent and challenging behaviour, and communication between agencies.
This guide is full of useful information, practical suggestions, and strategies for anyone working with people who are experiencing mental illness. It will prove invaluable to housing workers, support workers, probation officers, prison health care officers, student nurses and anyone coming in to contact with mental health issues.

Introducing Mental Health will be of particular value in my organisation because it is so easy to read and splendidly free of jargon. The authors explain key concepts and easily understandable language, accessible even with no prior knowledge of the subject. My own understanding was hugely enriched by engaging with this material. In depth practical information is also included in the mental health act; diagnosis of medication; risk assessment and management; violent and challenging behaviour and communication between agencies. -- Leveson Centre Newsletter This accessible text offers a jargon-free introduction to mental health for a wide variety of practitioners - such as housing workers, probation officers, student nurses and others - whose work brings them into contact with mentally ill people. The authors (both mental health nurses) provide an overview of the different types of serious mental illnesses before discussing various medications and talking treatments. Other topics addressed include risk assessment, dual diagnosis, and personality disorder. The text of the 1983 Mental Health Act (UK) is found in the appendix. -- www.booknews.com The book has a practical orientation which reflects years of experience that authors Caroline and Conner Kinsella have gained by both working and training in the fields such as housing and prisons, who require practical but basic knowledge of complex issues, an aim in which the book succeeds. -- Journal of Interprofessional Care The guide does what it claims in the title - it introduces mental health and is jargon-free. It also provides a wealth of information that is easily digested. -- Nursing Standard Magazine This is a user-friendly introduction to mental health that would appeal across the board. It must be essential reading in particular for those embarking on study or work in this profession or indeed professionals who have contact at any level with people who experience mental health issues. It would also be a useful tool for those teaching in the profession since it contains case studies and bullet points summaries that would be very helpful in presentations, individual study or interactive group work. -- Encephalitis Society

Forewordp. 11
Introduction: A Note from the Authorsp. 13
Using this bookp. 14
Severe Mental Illnessp. 15
Schizophreniap. 16
Bipolar disorderp. 22
Depressionp. 28
Referencesp. 31
Useful resourcesp. 32
Case notes: Elizabethp. 34
Case notes: Richardp. 37
Case notes: Johnp. 39
Measuring mental healthp. 40
Illness or disorder?p. 42
Psychosisp. 43
The anti-psychiatry movementp. 44
Early warning signsp. 46
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)p. 47
Neurotransmittersp. 48
Mental healthp. 50
Schizophreniap. 51
Schizophrenia: causes(aetiology)p. 52
Bipolar disorderp. 53
Depression (unipolar)p. 54
Treatment and Supportp. 55
Medicationp. 55
Talking treatmentsp. 61
The professionals: health, social and the non-statutory servicesp. 62
Referencesp. 66
Useful resourcesp. 66
The National Health Service and mental health: primary, secondary or tertiary?p. 68
The care programme approachp. 69
Medicationp. 70
Talking treatmentsp. 71
The professionals: community mental health teamsp. 72
The professionals: non-statutory servicesp. 74
Risk Assessment and Managementp. 75
What is risk assessment?p. 76
Identifying risk factorsp. 76
Managing riskp. 80
Referencesp. 81
Useful resourcesp. 82
Case notes: Jennyp. 83
First contactp. 86
Confidentialityp. 88
ORCAS (Ongoing, Reviewed, Communicated and Simple)p. 90
Summary Risk assessment and managementp. 91
Working with Dual Diagnosisp. 92
Why do mentally ill people drink and take drugs?p. 94
Helping people with dual diagnosisp. 95
The dual diagnosis toolkitp. 99
Referencesp. 100
Useful resourcesp. 101
Case notes: Waynep. 102
Dual diagnosis difficultiesp. 107
Helping people with dual diagnosisp. 108
Working with Personality Disorderp. 109
What is personality disorder?p. 110
What causes personality disorder?p. 111
A diagnosis of exclusion?p. 111
The personality disorder toolkitp. 112
Referencesp. 115
Useful resourcesp. 116
Case notes: Peterp. 117
What's in a name?p. 120
Treating personality disorderp. 123
Personality disorder and the Mental Health Actp. 127
PD or not PD?p. 128
Personality disorder characteristicsp. 130
Personality disorder diagnosisp. 131
Working with People who Self-harmp. 132
What is self-harm?p. 132
Suicide and self-harmp. 133
Why do people harm themselves?p. 134
Helping people who self-harmp. 136
The self-harm toolkitp. 137
Referencesp. 139
Useful resourcesp. 139
Case notes: Donnap. 140
An attitude problem?p. 142
Key risk factors for suicidep. 143
Some points of cautionp. 144
Summary Self-harmp. 145
Conclusionp. 147
And finallyp. 148
Introducing the Mental Health Act 1983p. 149
A glossary of terms used in the Mental Health Actp. 149
p. 151
p. 151
p. 152
Referencep. 152
Useful resourcesp. 155
Subject Indexp. 155
Author Indexp. 158
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ISBN: 9781843102601
ISBN-10: 1843102609
Series: Jkp Resource Materials
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41