Mental Health

Edited by Jeremy Weinstein

Mental Health

Edited by Jeremy Weinstein

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

76 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781447316176 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Debates on mental health social work have recently come to an impasse. There has been considerable emphasis on the social roots of mental distress, which has resulted in more holistic approaches to social work practice. Nonetheless the dominant approach to mental health continues to be a medical one, which excludes social workers from new initiatives. In this book, Jeremy Weinstein draws on case studies and his own experiences as a mental health social worker to navigate these conflicting facets of the field. Ultimately, he develops a model of practice that is sensitive to issues of alienation, discrimination, and the need for both workers and service users to find adequate room to breathe in an environment increasingly shaped by managerialism and marketization. 
Contents

Series Editors’
Introduction
Social work and mental health ~ Lead essay by Jeremy Weinstein
Letting madness breathe? Critical challenges facing mental health social work today ~ response by Helen Spandler
Agents of change? Social work for well-being and mental health ~ response by Jerry Tew
Connecting psychological stress and colonialism ~ response by June Sadd
‘Diagnosis human’: markets, targets and medicalisation in community mental health services ~ response by Rich Moth
The problem with recovery ~ response by Des McDermott
A student social worker’s perspective ~ response by Colette Bremang
Observations from the front line ~ response by Andy Brammer
Some concluding thoughts ~ Jeremy Weinstein
References 

Review Quotes
Stephen Webb | Glasgow Caledonian University
“Taking a radical stance has never been more important in social work. This most timely and innovative series of internationally renowned authors makes a significant contribution to advancing a new politics of social work.”
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