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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2005
This is extremely useful if you are new to mental health. I recommend this as an essential textbook to all my students going on placement or new practitioners starting work in this field. It provides an accessible overview of most of the key issues in mental health rather than being diagnosis-focussed as many texts are. This is the sort of book I wish had been available when I was a student.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2011
I'm currently on my first placement as a student social worker and was struggling due to my complete ignorance around everything to do with mental health. I first borrowed this book from the university library and was so impressed that I ordered a copy on here instantly. It's not a weighty tome packed full of complex concepts and lengthy debates. What you get is a compact, informative and accessible little book with summaries of the basic theories and areas of contention in contemporary mental health. I am finding it invaluable in developing a basic knowledge of relevant issues and would recommend it hightly,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
Have read several works by Pilgrim, often in partnership with Ann Rogers, and always found them incisive and intelligent with regard to mental health. This is very much a primer, containing short summary chapters on a variety of mental health subjects such as recovery, forensics and the like. Each chapter is short and basically a summary of the debates in these specific areas. They serve more as an opener to deeper reading, with each chapter finishing with recommendations to literature on a deeper level. Similarly, the chapters can be used for revision purposes.
The only caveat is that mental health theory and research moves on rapidly, so, like any work, aspects can become outdated fairly rapidly. However, I found it useful with regard to revising for an Open University mental health course, and recommend it as a condensed read to refresh wider reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2012
Very readable. Everything is broken down into short chapters, which suits readers with short attention spans like myself. The writer gives several perpectives on each topic. Lots of further readering references at the end of each chapter, which is more useful than putting it all at the end of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2011
A book I would recommend for aspiring healthcare professionals.
Set in 3 parts, part 1 develops the readers knowledge around mental health and mental health problems covering what mental illness is, diagnosis, causes and suffer perspectives and well-being; part 2 covers the mental health services available, exploring interventions and issues the sufferer and their carers might be challenged by such as finance and quality of service; part 3 covers Mental Health and society, looking at how society views mental health, the stigmatisation, risks, labeling and other societal aspects prevalent in society.
In all an interesting and informative easy to read book for professionals, sufferers and carers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2014
An easy to read introduction for students that explains in simple terms the approaches to mental health and mental illness.
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on 26 November 2012
I borrowed this from the library at Uni but found it really useful because it offers a few paragraphs of clear explanation so you can either further expand your research or use the overview. There isn't an index as such at the back, but the one at the front is sufficiently useful to help you find what you need. Probably a bit basic if you have lots of experience in mental health, but I don't so it is and I am sure will continue to be a God send.
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on 28 May 2013
The fact that this book had David Pilgrim's name on it persuaded me to buy it above others. Whilst daughter has only skimmed through it I thought that it was a good broad introductory text into the realms of mental health from a highly credible author with a critical perspective. Would recommend to others studying mental health as part of an a-level /first year undergrad course. It will probably end up on my own bookshelf.
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on 7 February 2011
This is a basic but up to date over view of current issues affecting mental health survivors and practitioners. Can point you in a further direction for investigation or research. Easy to understand for beginners but lacks any real depth. Its main short fall for me was the lack of an index at the back however the chapters are short enough to scan through for information.
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on 13 December 2013
Easy to use, complements the OU Psychology course I am doing. It is easy to understand and to pick out the specific subjects you need. Enjoyable and not too technical yet interesting for educated person. Can relate to normal life and the stress everyone feels.
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