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Advance Statement Workbook: Easy to Use Step by Step Practical Guide, Create Your Own Advance Directives and Preferences [Paperback]

Becky Shaw , Roger Smith
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1 Nov 2011
This is an easy to read overview of advance statements that dispels common myths. It guides step by step from identifying signs of relapse to explaining possibilities for what you may or may not want from treatment in times of crisis through to completing an advance directive.

The activities help with thinking through possibilities. Even readers who chose not to create a formal advance statement immediately, are finding the process helps to be prepared for times of crisis and with the avoidance of relapses. It is also useful for staff in the NHS, friends and relatives even if you have never had a crisis yourself.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Rebecca Shaw; 1st edition (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955959128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955959127
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 20.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,498,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Becky was born in a small village in Nottinghamshire England. Her first publication was called Wonderfully Strange which describes her own life story detailing the struggle she has had with her mental health, society and of the health system which was meant to help. The book is more than a biography as it highlights what could be done differently and shares ideas on ways to cope that provides a positive element to the publication focusing on recovery and hope. It has proved to be a good informative and powerful read which has sold well with little advertising other than through word of mouth.

Becky, although she still has her difficulties, spends the limited energy she has on supporting others who also struggle with their mental health. She runs a small support group and has written further publications. This includes Discovering Recovery a companion to wonderfully strange with a compilation of life experiences from the group she runs and also a workbook on how to make advance decisions called the advance statements workbook useful for anyone who is worried about losing capacity for whatever reason, mental health, dementia etc. Other publications she has written include many chapters in other books, papers, articles and research projects. The lastest research is available from www.mentalation.co.uk and is a detailed study around support for those in a mental health crisis.

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Brilliant! A very much needed resource.
--Heather Allan Director PCCS Books Ltd Heather Allan Heather Allan, Director at PCCS-Books Ltd 23rd January 2012

From the Publisher

Early in 2010 the group ran some free workshops to help provide information about advance directives and agreements.

These helped participants to put their decisions about the support they wanted and did not want in a format ideal for healthcare staff.

It was these workshops that the experiences of the first people to use the draft workbooks that enabled the completion of this workbook.

The terminolgy is explained as well as a plain tallking introduction to the legal easpects of making what many woudl call `a living will'.

We explain that a `directive' is simply a refusal and how refusals can be made to be legally binding, such that you are not subjected to things that have caused you harm in the past.

The proceeds from sales go to the Rushcliffe Mental Health Support Group - rsgbooks.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice 30 Jan 2012
This book is long overdue. It sets out the subject of advance statements in an easy-to-read format and dispells the myths and misunderstandings often associated with the subject. It allows people to have a dignified approach to the choices that they want in life before those choices are taken away from them. It is well researched and beautifully presented and a must have book for anyone who wants to know more about advance statements or doesn't know what one is, so pretty much everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to making an "Advance Statement" 20 Jan 2012
Received my review copy from Roger tonight and it's terrific. A totally practical step by step guide that explains not only what an Advance Statement is but exactly how to write one and then what to do with it. I can't imagine there is a better guide out there. Supported by Comic Relief, Becky and Roger have produced THE definitive guide to understanding and using Advance Statements.
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