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Mental Health in Crisis

Mental Health in Crisis

First Edition

April 2019 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

At a time of huge pressures on mental health services, this highly topical, broad-ranging and thought-provoking analysis of the mental health crisis examines the current challenges in mental health service delivery and access using a range of perspectives (political, economic, and cultural, organisational issues). It then puts forward a number of alternatives, reviewing both current and alternative initiatives, and exploring what is needed for a mentally healthy society.

Chapter 1: Community Crisis
Chapter 2: Austerity Crisis
Chapter 3: The Financial Crisis in Mental Health Care
Chapter 4: Biomedical and Drug Crisis
Chapter 5: Diagnostic Crisis
Chapter 6: Mental Health in Crisis
Chapter 7: Existential Crisis
Chapter 8 Crisis in Academia
Chapter 9: The Organisational Crisis in Mental Health
Chapter 10: Educational Crisis
Chapter 11: Visions for Mental Health Care

With considerable erudition and passion, this book explores the roots of the rising tide of mental health problems in the UK, citing the impact of government policies, the marketization of  healthcare and the failure of the psychiatric diagnostic system.  This is essential reading for all mental health practitioners and educators.  

Rosemary Rizq
Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton

Mental Health in Crisis is an outstanding polemic against neo-liberalism and its impact on mental health care. Vos, Roberts and Davies offer a lucid and compelling analysis of how emotional wellbeing is conceptualised, medicalised and compromised in the United Kingdom. The book is essential reading for mental health practitioners and an ideal companion to students studying counselling, social work and related disciplines.

John Marsden
programme lead, BSc (Hons) Critical Approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy, Edge Hill University

This book is an important and timely contribution to the field. The authors present clear, engaging and well-evidenced arguments, which demonstrate the various crises in mental health and our society. In contrast to many other texts, the book also ends with insightful and thought-provoking suggestions on how we might do things differently. This is a must-read for anyone involved or interested in mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Laura Winter
HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and Lecturer in Education and Counselling Psychology

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ISBN: 9781526492203

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