A book aimed at both the professionals who work in the mental health care system and its users alike, finishes with a list of life-lessons by its author.
Professor Peter Beresford, author of A Straight Talking Introduction to Being a Mental Health Service User, published this month [November], has himself suffered from “madness and despair” and was a user of the psychiatric system for 12 years.
Peter, who is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University, West London, says his book is aimed at mental health service users who are interested in “taking control of their lives again in a real way.”
He says he is critical of the “traditional medical approach” and advocates “how mental health service users can help themselves by coming together.”
The book looks at alternatives to the mental health service system in the UK and provides a short list of details of mental health campaign groups and useful contacts.
One of Professor Beresford’s life-lessons in the concluding chapter is “give yourself the same advice you’d give to others.” Wise words indeed.
A Straight Talking Introduction to Being A Mental Health Service User is published by counselling and psychotherapy specialists, PCCS Books, £8.99 or £8.50 online.
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