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Straight Talking Introduction to Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems

by Jen Kilyon & Theresa Smith PCCS Books
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Pbk 134 pages
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A pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health. The causes of mental health problems are often more complicated than we would like. Although much recent media attention has been given to being a carer, little of it concerns the particular challenges for someone with mental health problems. This book tells how family and friends of people with complex mental health needs frequently have to battle for, and often with, mental health services, whilst they themselves can be stigmatised. Jen Kilyon and Theresa Smith help carers tell their stories. Although some of them end with a positive outcome and others tell of continuing difficulties, all demonstrate that it is frequently the carers alone who keep hope for recovery alive. The book includes what they found most helpful in their struggles.

Contents 1 Introduction 2 Institutionalised Madness by Liz Swannack 3 Loving Christian by Georgina Wakefield 4 Tales of Neglect and Abuse by Morgan Winterburn 5 Memories, Medication and Meaning in Manufacturing Madness by Marion Hughes 6 More Questions Than Answers by Anne Fraser 7 Conclusion Appendix 1 Helpful learning and information Appendix 2 Resources

As a nursing sister in acute care years ago, I am fully aware of the difficulties facing those working with people experiencing severe mental health problems, but the narratives in this book dismayed me and I feel acutely ashamed of the treatment these families received …Unfortunately, psychological distress incurred by those suffering and those nearest to them can be underestimated and unwittingly stigmatised. Here, respect, communication and realistic hope for both are emphasized. This will serve as a useful pocket-sized handbook for anyone involved with mental suffering. Jenny Bloomer, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Therapy Today, UK, November 2009