This popular and accessible introduction to mental health is written for students, mental health practitioners and non-qualified professionals.
Fully revised, this second edition is up to date with the latest knowledge on mental health conditions, good practice and the law. 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, the issues surrounding them, and provide detailed information on:
* treatment and support
* risk assessment and management
* mental illness and the Criminal Justice System
* the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act
Featuring case studies and exercises to assist learning, this is an invaluable resource for anyone working with people who are experiencing mental illness, including students and professionals in health and social care, housing and criminal justice.
Caroline Kinsella has been a registered nurse since 1980 and has specialised in working with offenders and individuals with severe mental health problems. She has a Master's degree in Forensic Mental Health from St Georges Hospital Medical School and is currently working with the Dorset Inreach Team as a mental health nurse assessing and care co-ordinating the needs of offenders in several Dorset prisons. Both Connor and Caroline live in Dorset, UK. Connor Kinsella trained as a mental health nurse and has considerable experience of working with mentally ill people in both in-patient and community environments. Since 1998 he has designed and facilitated training for a wide range of services in health and social care. He writes a well-regarded blog called Spotlight on Social Care and has contributed to The Guardian's Social Care Network.
Introduction: A Note from the Authors. 1. Severe and Enduring Mental Illness. 2. Treatment and Support. 3. Risk Assessment and Management. 4. Challenging Behaviour. 5. Introducing Personality Disorder. 6. Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System. 7. Introducing the Mental Health Legislation.