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A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

A radically different model of care is proposed in this book than that offered by current mental health services, with its emphasis on a medical approach to psychiatry.

A radically different model of care is proposed in this book than that offered by current mental health services, with its emphasis on a medical approach to psychiatry.

Kinderman lays bare some of the failings of the mental health provision offered in the UK and is critical of the ‘disease’ model that prevails and seems to take little account of the social and psychological factors that contribute to psychological distress experienced by individuals who come into contact with mental health services.

His book is a manifesto pitched at reframing and re-defining mental health services, and he argues that the medicalisation of mental illness ‘reduces professionals’ ability to listen, emphasise and show compassion.’ Kinderman suggests that the way forward is to develop a ‘psychosocial model’ of care that will meet individuals’ needs more effectively and is based on health promotion and prevention.

The correlation between individuals ‘lived experiences’ and their subsequent treatment in mental health services is starkly portrayed by Kinderman and his views add to the debate about the future of mental health policy and practice.

This book should be of particular interest to mental health nurses interested in policy and practice and adds a personal perspective to the debate. I would recommend that this is stocked by libraries.

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