Coping with a Mental Health Crisis

This slim volume focuses on different approaches to mental health from the broad perspective of viewing such events as a psychospiritual crisis.

Seven steps are noted as ways in which healing and growth can occur, encompassing different elements of psychosocial support, validation, reduction in ‘toxic’ or stressful incidents, and active practices such as mindfulness and meditation, among others.

While not always mainstream practices (with the exception of mindfulness), the core ethos of these approaches – self-kindness, creativity and healing – provided useful reminders for readers to pause and take space in their stressful lives.

The book is accessible and wide ranging, though some of the approaches described as potentially helpful remain controversial, including detoxification and homeopathy. However, the book promotes choice, individualisation and the potential of hope – all useful elements in whichever field of psychiatry staff are working in.

The most powerful element was the use of personal narrative to illustrate different aspects. In this way, the book explores different ways of viewing mental health and crisis as


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