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Building a New Community Psychology of Mental Health

Spaces, Places, People and Activities
Sofort lieferbar | Lieferzeit:3-5 Tage I
Carl Walker
409 g
216x151x20 mm

Provides a critical analysis of mental health discourse and professional practice
Turns critical psychology into practice

Breaks down the barriers between 'professional' and 'non-professional' mental health care practices
Chapter 1. The Flawed Assumptions of Psychology and Psychiatry: A Martian Analysis.- Chapter 2. Social Approaches to Distress: From Enclosures to Fluid Spaces.- Chapter 3. 'Bike Minded' - Normal Human Encounters (on Bikes).- Chapter 5. 'Helping Them Hold Up Their World': Parents of Children with Complex Needs and the Beneficent Organisation.- Chapter 6. I'm Singing in the Rain.- Chapter 7: 'A Place to Be': A Cut and Shut of the Brighton Unemployed Families Centre Project.- Chapter 8. The Joy of Sex.- Chapter 9. Some Possible Directions for the Future.
This book provides a much-needed account of informal community-based approaches to working with mental distress. It starts from the premise that contemporary mainstream psychiatry and psychology struggle to capture how distress results from complex embodied arrays of social experiences that are embedded within specific historical, cultural, political and economic settings. The authors challenge mainstream understandings of mental health that position a naive public in need of mental health literacy. Instead it is clear that a considerable amount of invaluable mental distress work is undertaken in spaces in our communities that are not understood as mental health treatments. This book represents one of the first attempts to position these kinds of spaces at the center of how we understand and address problems of mental distress and suffering. The chapters draw on case studies from the UK and abroad to point toward an exciting new paradigm based on informal community and socially oriented approaches to mental health. Written in an unusually accessible and engaging style, this book will appeal to social science students, academics, practitioners and policy makers interested in community and social approaches to mental health.

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