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Book review: The Key to Mental Health (Second edition)

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The Key to Mental Health (Second edition)

The book focuses on hope and banishing fear. It is divided into two parts - part one detailing her personal story, and part two covering tips and goals for a recovery-focused future.

This book is a meaningful read, where the author states clearly that she does believe in the concept of mental illness, and questions the model of psychiatry, believing all psychiatric labels are a myth.

Throughout the book, it looks back on the history of anti-psychiatry, and focuses on pitfalls in treatment.

Reading this account as a mental health nurse was thought-provoking and the author uses quotes throughout as well as personal accounts of her own struggle in the mental health system.

The text makes for an interesting read and looks at the process of recovering in an

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The Key to Mental Health (Second edition)

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The book focuses on hope and banishing fear. It is divided into two parts - part one detailing her personal story, and part two covering tips and goals for a recovery-focused future.

This book is a meaningful read, where the author states clearly that she does believe in the concept of mental illness, and questions the model of psychiatry, believing all psychiatric labels are a myth.

Throughout the book, it looks back on the history of anti-psychiatry, and focuses on pitfalls in treatment.

Reading this account as a mental health nurse was thought-provoking and the author uses quotes throughout as well as personal accounts of her own struggle in the mental health system. 

The text makes for an interesting read and looks at the process of recovering in an empowering manner, focusing on stress and emotional distress and the tools that can be used. It is a powerful, unconventional take on mental health and the mental health system.

Although the book does have a specific nursing focus, I would encourage fellow mental health nurses to read this captivating text, where the author says she has overcome emotional distress and anxiety. Throughout, there are useful tips that mental health nurses may benefit from and could discuss with their service users.

Kelly Niven | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 150pp | £7.99 | ISBN: 9781484925317

Reviewed by Laura Pisaneschi, clozapine clinic manager, East London NHS Foundation Trust

 

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