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Key Concepts in Mental Health

Key Concepts in Mental Health

Fourth Edition

February 2017 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Now in its Fourth Edition, Key Concepts in Mental Health continues to give readers a complete and concise overview of mental health and all the issues that surround it from a theoretical and practical perspective. Restructured into four sections, the book starts by defining mental health and mental abnormality before examining the mental health services and the place mental health takes in society.

It is essential reading for students of health, nursing, mental health, social work, and social care. It is also valuable reading for students of counselling and psychotherapy.
Part 1: Mental Health
Mental Health
Philosophical aspects of Mental Health
Subjective and Objective Aspects of Mental Health
Physical Health
Public Mental Health
Mental Health Promotion
Childhood Adversity
Attachment Theory
Part 2: Mental Abnormality
International Classification of Diseases
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
Lay views of Mental Disorder
The Biopsychosocial Model
Eating Disorders
Personality Disorders
Substance Misuse
Intellectual Disability
Causes and Consequence of Mental Health Problems
Psychological Formulations
The Myth Mental Illness
Part 3: Mental Health Services
Primary Care
Acute Mental Health Services
Forensic Mental Health Services
Service-user Involvement
Mental Health Professionals
Biological Interventions
Psychological Interventions
Financial Aspects of Mental Health
The Quality of Mental Health Care
Evidence-based Practice
Corruption of Care
The Mental Health Service Users’ Movement
Part 4: Mental Health and Society
Mental Health Policy
Capacity and Culpability
Labelling Theory
Social and Cultural Capital
Social Exclusion
Risks to and from People with Mental Health Problems
The Mass Media
Social Models of Mental Health
Cross-cultural Psychiatry
Social Class
The Pharmaceutical Industry

'This text is insightful and informative and should be an asset to any mental health literature library.  A well-designed text in its layout and content, it is accessible to anybody associated with the mental health field – whether they be a service-user, carer or professional.  I will definitely be recommending this text to all nursing students, regardless of their field of practice.'

Thomas Beary
University of Hertfordshire, UK

‘Professor Pilgrim in this 4th edition of his book on key concepts in mental health has one again delivered on his promise.  These are really important and significant issues that affect mental health service users, carers and health and social care professionals and practitioners.  At no time does the book minimise the significance nor complexity associated with these themes. These are issues that affect people directly and this book offers readers with a clear and balanced perspective.  It remains the key introductory text and one I am very pleased to recommend to students and others.’

Ian McGonagle
University of Lincoln, UK

‘This is a gem of a book, very useful as an introductory text, a quick reference for busy students and academics, and those wishing to study in more detail. This new edition has an improved layout, introduces some new subjects, and brings existing material up to date.’

Dave Mason
Staffordshire University, UK

‘Key Concepts in Mental Health Nursing provides a useful overview of important concepts in mental health. It will be beneficial for students, academics, and professionals working in the field. Pilgrim includes definitions, key points and further reading in each section which are immensely valuable, making it a must for academics’ reading lists.’

Emma Jones
University of Central Lancashire, UK

‘Pilgrim provides a text here that is broad-ranging in scope; identifying and critically considering conceptual, policy and practice matters. The written style and structure of the text is accessible to a wide audience; with a clear and commanding presentation of technical detail in addition to thought-provoking examples, philosophical and sociological analyses. This latest edition builds upon the successes of those which have come before and provides a valuable go-to resource for students, lecturers, researchers and practitioners alike.’

Paul Taylor
University of Chester, UK

‘I can highly recommend this book. The chapters cover in detail all the main topics around mental health. Clear, concise and refreshingly up-to-date. I was particularly impressed with the updated information on the Biopsychosocial Model which has been included in this new edition. A very useful read for my students.’

Rachael Morice
Truro and Penwith College, UK

'This is a great introduction book for anyone who is interested or is working in the area of mental health. It provides concise chapters with researched arguments on the topic area, giving the reader an informed viewpoint on contemporary issues in mental health.'

Brigid Arkins
Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Great introduction to key debates to spark seminar discussions and encourage students to explore underlying debates in more depth.

Miss Amy Allen
School of Health & Social Care, Nottingham Trent University
April 10, 2019

This is both a clearly structured and accessible quick reference guide, and a thought provoking review of current issues and contexts that encourages critical engagement and directs further reading.

Ms Marie Jefsioutine
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick University
March 20, 2018

Introductory text, applicable to all fields of nursing, (especially mental health years one and two) and also allied health professionals.

Mr Charles Miller-Fik
Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia
March 6, 2018
Key features
  • 66 bite-sized chapters including new ones on the Biopsychosocial Model, trauma and mindfulness
  • Key points summarizing what you need to know for study and practice
  • Examples of further reading to help you expand your knowledge

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