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Mental Health in Crisis

by Joel Vos, Ron Roberts and James Davies SAGE Publications Ltd
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Hbk 168 pages
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This highly engaging and thought-provoking book addresses the mental health crisis by examining the current challenges in mental health service delivery by presenting a range of perspectives for analysis (political, economic, and cultural, organisational issues). It puts forward a number of alternatives, reviewing both current and alternative initiatives, and explores what is needed for a mentally healthy society.

Chapter 1: Community Crisis
Chapter 2: Austerity Crisis
Chapter 3: The Financial Crisis in Mental Healthcare
Chapter 4: Biomedical 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

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.

Dr Joel Vos, PhD, CPsychol is psychologist, philosopher and therapist. He works as Deputy Course Leader of the Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the London New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and as chair of the Meaningful Living Research Group at the Metanoia Institute in London. He chairs the IMEC International Meaning Conferences and is director of Meaning Online Ltd. Joel has over 70 research publications and three books on existential and societal topics.

Dr. Ron Roberts is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has worked at King's College, University College London, St Bartholomew's Medical College, The Tavistock Institute, Queen Mary University of London, The University of Westminster, the Institute of Psychiatry and Kingston University. He is the author of over 60 research publications and nine other books.

James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006, with a DPhil in social and medical anthropology. He is a reader in social anthropology and mental health at the University of Roehampton and a qualified psychotherapist. His books include The Making of Psychotherapists: An Anthropological Analysis and Cracked: Why Psychiatry Is Doing More Harm Than Good. He edited Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience and The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of Our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic. He cofounded the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence.