Book review: Introducing Mental Health: A Practical Guide (Second edition)

Self-employed nursing advisor David Harding-Price reviews Introducing Mental Health: A Practical Guide by Caroline Kinsella and Connor Kinsella

Introducing Mental Health: A Practical Guide (Second edition)

Caroline Kinsella and Connor Kinsella

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

£16.99 | 200pp

ISBN: 9781849055963

The first edition of this book was published in 2006 and the Kinsellas have done an excellent job of bringing it up to date. It is written in a way that readers can either digest it from cover-to-cover or just dip in and out, selecting elements relevant to their practice. The new chapter on criminal justice and the review of Mental Health Act are examples of this style.

Chapters offer readers leading concepts, skills and techniques to assist in clinical practice. This can be seen in the updated recovery process, which is now based on current practice, rather than on the medical model.

Sections on Caldicott guardians, the Mental Health Act and the criminal justice system reflect modern clinical practice, although these lack the useful ‘infoboxes’ found in earlier chapters.

If there is one criticism it is that at 200 pages it is short and additional clinical information would have provided further assistance to practitioners at all levels.

The book is a welcome addition to any practitioner's personal library and is something managers should be putting into their team libraries. It is reasonably priced for a clinical book.

Reviewed by David Harding-Price, self-employed nursing advisor

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