Working with mental health service users to change mental health services

Williamson, Jennie and Lindley, P. (1996) Working with mental health service users to change mental health services. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 6 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1052-9284. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

During the last ten years in the UK, service user consultation and collaboration has gradually entered the vocabulary of people providing and purchasing mental health services. However, we are not convinced that much needed change in mental health services will be achieved as a function of increased commitment to market consumerism. We argue here that service user consultation and collaboration should take account of the effects of social inequalities on mental health and on mental health services. This perspective highlights the need for fundamental change in mental health services, and helps us to appreciate the strength of resistance to change, and to understand some of the dynamics involved. We describe here how this perspective has motivated and shaped our own efforts to collaborate responsibly with service users to change mental health services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: change; collaboration; inequality; mental health; power; services; service users
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2009 19:31
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 10:50
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18579 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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