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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 0.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,010 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Guy Holmes on 18 Nov. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M on 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sasha Bell on 24 Dec. 2014
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Very well written and helpful guide
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