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Rescue me

People caring for someone with a mental illness finally have a right both to an assessment and to have their assessed needs met. The author explains how much difference this will make to carers and their loved ones.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Now I have a voice: service user and carer involvement in clinical psychology training

Purpose – This paper aims to describe the challenges and rewards of service user and carer involvement in clinical psychology training as experienced in one training centre. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Effect of perceived stigmatisation on the quality of life among ageing female family carers: a comparison of carers of adults with intellectual disability and carers of adults with mental illness

BACKGROUND: Little account has been taken of quality of life (QoL) among family carers of adults with an intellectual disability (ID) and family carers of adults with a mental illness (MI), particularly the female ageing carers' perceived stigma. We explore whether there are differences in the significant predictors of female ageing family carers' QoL between family carers of adults with ID and family carers of adults with MI and aim to examine the effect of these differences in stigma on carer QoL between the two groups.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

A matter of principle: the nearest relative under the Mental Health Act 1983 and proposals for legislative reform

Social Role Valorisation theory, advanced to enhance the lives of disadvantaged groups of people, has addressed community care and lay advocacy for patients and users but has ignored the roles of relatives and carers. [In this article, the term ‘patient’ is used to describe a person who is detained under the Mental Health Act, liable to be detained, or in hospital on an informal basis.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Social factors and depression in carers of people with dementia

Research has highlighted the influence of psychosocial factors on the wellbeing of carers of people with dementia. This study aimed to investigate the interrelationships between life events, depression and social support in carers of people with dementia. Participants were 72 carers of people with dementia. They were interviewed using the Bedford College Life Events and Difficulties Schedule and the Geriatric Depression Scale. The results showed that 31 (43%) of carers were depressed.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

What causes problems in Alzheimer's disease: attributions by caregivers. a qualitative study

Objective: To gain insight into caregivers' understanding of the causes of behaviours they find problematic in people with Alzheimer's disease in order to inform the development of educational strategies.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Supporting the supporters

A recent study commissioned by the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation research and development programme (SDO) aimed to identify gaps in existing knowledge about the need for services to support mental health carers and what was meant by effectiveness and efficiency in these services. Consultation with key stakeholders was a major part of the study. This article focuses on the main findings of the consultation. Flexibility and responsive were identified as key characteristics of the ideal support service.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Paths to personalisation in mental health: a whole system, whole life framework

This is a revision of the framework first published in 2010, and is a whole system guide that provides information, guidance and signposts in respect of personalisation and personalised services and support for people with mental health needs. The framework is organised in 12 broad sections: person-centred systems and approaches; information and advice.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Stress factors and mental health of carers with relatives suffering from schizophrenia in Hong Kong: implications for culturally sensitive practices

Based on Spaniol and Jung's stress and coping framework (1993), this study examined the difficulties and stresses experienced by carers with relatives suffering from schizophrenia in Hong Kong. The impact of these difficulties and stresses and of mastery as a coping resource on carers' mental health was also explored. Results show that carers experience most difficulties and stresses related to the management of negative symptoms such as refusal to perform household duties and neglect of personal hygiene, and less to handling positive symptoms such as bizarre behaviours and thoughts.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Mental health care co-ordinators' perspectives on carers' assessments

In the UK, there are around 1.5 million carers of people with mental health problems providing substantial amounts of free care. Despite having a legal right to a ‘carer's assessment’, only a minority of mental health carers have had such an assessment.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11