Mental Health in Crisis

Mental Health in Crisis

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Western countries face the biggest national mental health crisis in their history. Never have so many individuals needed mental health care - with almost one in two individuals now reporting severe psychological problems during their life time.

Despite this pressing need, however, the mental health care systems in many countries are confronting grave financial threats along with long waiting lists and insufficient care.

This book brings together empirical research to argue that 10 key socio-political, economic and medical crises have lead to this crisis in mental health care. In the final chapter the authors begin to look to alternatives that could help resolve this crisis.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 148 x 210mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • First Edition
  • 1526492202
  • 9781526492203

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Community Crisis
Chapter 2: Austerity Crisis
Chapter 3: The Financial Crisis in Mental Health Care
Chapter 4: Biomedical and Drug Crisis
Chapter 5: Diagnostic Crisis
Chapter 6: Mental Health in Crisis
Chapter 7: Existential Crisis
Chapter 8 Crisis in Academia
Chapter 9: The Organisational Crisis in Mental Health
Chapter 10: Educational Crisis
Chapter 11: Visions for Mental Health Care
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Review quote

This book is an important and timely contribution to the field. The authors present clear, engaging and well-evidenced arguments, which demonstrate the various crises in mental health and our society. In contrast to many other texts, the book also ends with insightful and thought-provoking suggestions on how we might do things differently. This is a must-read for anyone involved or interested in mental health and wellbeing. -- Dr Laura Winter Mental Health in Crisis is an outstanding polemic against neo-liberalism and its impact on mental health care. Vos, Roberts and Davies offer a lucid and compelling analysis of how emotional wellbeing is conceptualised, medicalised and compromised in the United Kingdom. The book is essential reading for mental health practitioners and an ideal companion to students studying counselling, social work and related disciplines. -- John Marsden With considerable erudition and passion, this book explores the roots of the rising tide of mental health problems in the UK, citing the impact of government policies, the marketization of healthcare and the failure of the psychiatric diagnostic system. This is essential reading for all mental health practitioners and educators. -- Rosemary Rizq
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About Joel Vos

Dr Joel Vos, PhD, CPsychol is psychologist, philosopher and therapist. He works as Deputy Course Leader of the Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the London New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and as chair of the Meaningful Living Research Group at the Metanoia Institute in London. He chairs the IMEC International Meaning Conferences and is director of Meaning Online Ltd. Joel has over 70 research publications and three books on existential and societal topics.

Dr. Ron Roberts is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has worked at King's College, University College London, St Bartholomew's Medical College, The Tavistock Institute, Queen Mary University of London, The University of Westminster, the Institute of Psychiatry and Kingston University. He is the author of over 60 research publications and nine other books.

James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006, with a DPhil in social and medical anthropology. He is a reader in social anthropology and mental health at the University of Roehampton and a qualified psychotherapist. His books include The Making of Psychotherapists: An Anthropological Analysis and Cracked: Why Psychiatry Is Doing More Harm Than Good. He edited Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience and The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of Our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic. He cofounded the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence.
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