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An Introduction to Mental Health

An Introduction to Mental Health

April 2019 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
An Introduction to Mental Health is essential reading for anyone learning the fundamentals of mental health. Written for an interdisciplinary audience with no prior knowledge of mental health practice, the book uses a patient-centred focus and covers the historical context of mental health through to contemporary issues, including mental health law, policy, professional practice, equality and diversity in the sector, and international perspectives. Key learning features include concept summaries, reflective points, case studies and reflective exercises to help situate content in the context of practice.

Chapter 1: A history of mental health
Chapter 2: Mental health law
Chapter 3: Mental health policy
Chapter 4: Mental health professionals
Chapter 5: Mental health diagnostics
Chapter 6: Interventions
Chapter 7: Ethical practice and decision making in mental health
Chapter 8: Equality and diversity in mental health practice
Chapter 9: Social influence on mental health
Chapter 10: International perspectives in mental health

The book is a clear, straightforward guide to the issues around mental health starting with the discipline’s fundamental history, exploring the various thought processes behind mental health with a clear tone and holistic view. 

Overall, this book can be considered a useful starting resource for non-mental health practitioners to develop their understanding of the processes involved in mental health.

Joanne Fisher, Senior Practice Educator, Cambridge University Hospitals Perioperative Care Services

Added to reading list for Nursing Associate students. These students come from all areas of nursing and will therefore support a gentle introduction for students who do not work within mental health.

Mr Scott Adam Elbourne
College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London
November 11, 2019

The text is directly linked to a module on HNC course. A contemporary discussion on Mental Health Issues. I have passed details to our admin team to order 3 copies.

Professor Rose Brunelli
Health and Social Care, City of Liverpool College
March 4, 2020

Good level for my students

Mr David Panes
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
November 8, 2019

This is a good introductory mental health book. It covers familiar concepts in an accessible way, which is of benefit for students unfamiliar with mental health practice. It draws well on research and other sources. The reflective exercises are a useful inclusion.

Dr Kelly J Alexander
Dept of Applied Social Studies, Bedfordshire University
January 6, 2020

this book is has a range of case studies that enable the student to understand what is needed, why, and how.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Health and Social Care at Derby, Derby University
October 16, 2020

A useful resource for nursing students to gain an overview of issues people with lived experience of mental disorder experience.

Mr Paul McCreary
Department of Mental Health Nursing, Bucks New University
November 28, 2019

Clear, accessible introduction to the key topics.

Miss Amy Allen
School of Health & Social Care, Nottingham Trent University
February 6, 2020

A very clearly written starter text, suitable for social work students. Useful commentary relating to diversity and societal influences.

Mr Scott Massie
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
September 29, 2019

Have used this text with students and they have really found it useful as an introduction to the subject topic. I will be using this again this year.

Ms Gerri Capper
Access To Higher Education, Warrington & Vale Royal College
August 22, 2019

Sample Materials & Chapters

An Introduction to Mental Health - Chapter 1