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A Straight Talking Introduction to Being a Mental Health Service User (Straight Talking Introductions) [Paperback]

Peter Beresford , Richard Bentall , Pete Sanders
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1 Nov 2010 Straight Talking Introductions
Few of us would want to be a user of psychiatric services. It is a status associated with fear, stigma, isolation and disadvantage. This book takes a closer look at the realities for people and how to deal with them. It shows what may begin as a painful and unwanted experience can pave the way for new understandings and life chances and how psychiatric service users are coming together to bring about changes benefiting us all.

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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: PCCS Books (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906254206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906254209
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book offers valuable information, a message of hope and a call for collective action for real, sustainable change through practical stragegies - I wish it had been available when I was beginning my own recovery from mental distress and psychiatric treatment, and I hope it is widely read and shared by mental health service users and survivors and those who care for or about them'. Jan Wallcraft, survivor researcher, Honorary Fellow, University of Birmingham, Visiting Fellow, University of Hertfordshire

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Peter Beresford is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University. He is a long term user of mental health services and Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the independent national user controlled organisation and network. Peter has a longstanding involvement in issues of participation and empowerment as researcher, writer, educator and activist.

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Whether you be a mental health service user/survivor or a worker in the field this book will provide you with a comprehensive yet quickly digestible account of the main issues relating to what is sometimes referred to as the 'service user movement'. It draws upon the work of well-known people in this field (e.g. Peter Campbell and Judi Chamberlin) as well as citing people who have not had their thoughts published before but thanks to the great body of research conducted by the author get a chance to communicate their wise reflections on what it is like to be a service user in the UK. Not only does the book describe service user/survivor critiques of existing services, it sets out ways in which service user-led services can provide the kinds of help that people actually want. It may surprise some people saturated in the rhetoric of evidence-based practice and NICE Guidelines (which prejudicially rate service user testimonies as the least powerful kind of evidence) to discover that alternatives that encompass the vast myriad of ways people can be helped, provided by people whose expertise relates to their experiences not academic qualifications, and that focus on social aswell as individual change, are a lot less mad than much of what goes on in mental health services today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars such a help 18 Dec 2013
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if you are confused, anxious, embarrassed, lost - this little book makes you feel it is bearable. And lets you know you are not alone and there ARE ways forward.
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