Inside Out, Outside In: new book on transforming mental health practices edited by Harry Gijbels, Lydia Sapouna & Gary Sidley

31 Oct 2019

Human distress has almost exclusively been understood and responded to as either a biological disorder or a psychological deficit. This has led to the development of powerful structures, 'mental health systems', that have dominated thinking and practice around mental health and been controlled by the psychiatric profession. Despite widespread recognition that such systems are often ineffective and can even be harmful, the bio-medical ethos, with its focus on 'mental illness' and primary use of drug treatments, continues to prevail in mental health practices.

This book showcases user-centred, context-informed, non-medical ways of helping people experiencing distress. The first section of the book includes projects located inside mainstream services that seek to influence change from within; including the education of future generations of practitioners. The second section describes projects that have been established outside mainstream structures and services, giving themselves the freedom to be truly radical in their approaches and to influence by example. In a final section, the book looks at work aiming to challenge the wider societal influences that maintain the status quo and perpetuate factors that lead to mental distress.

Contributors: Chapters by: Lydia Sapouna, Anjula Gupta, Eoin Gorman, Jonathan Gadsby, Iseult Twamley, Bryan McElroy, Anne Cooke and Shirley McNicholas and Andie Rose, Joan Hamilton, Fiona Venner, Paul Brewer, John Wainwright and Mick McKeown, Stephen Normanton, Deirdre Lillis, Anne O'Donnell and Kirsten MacLean, John Cromby, Mick McKeown and Helen Spandler.

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