Mental Health Self-Help

Consumer and Family Initiatives

Editors: Brown, Louis D., Wituk, Scott (Eds.)

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the field with integrative chapters
  • Chapters are written by leading researchers in the field
  • Appeals to an international audience
  • Balances research with practice, providing information that is relevant to the people who study, support, and implement these initiatives
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About this book

Building on earlier patient-empowerment movements, consumer- and advocate-driven mental health self-help (MHSH) initiatives currently outnumber traditional mental health organizations. At the same time, this apparent success raises significant questions about their short-term efficacy and their value to lasting recovery.

Mental Health Self-Help assembles the state of the evidence on the effectiveness of MHSH, beginning with the individual and larger social factors behind the expansion of consumer-directed services. Clearly organized and accessibly written, the book traces the development and evolution of MHSH as both alternative and adjunct to traditional mental health structures, offers research-based perspectives on the various forms of MHSH, and identifies potential areas for consumer initiatives to work with—and help improve—mental health systems. Contributors weigh strengths and limitations, raise research and methodology questions, and discuss funding and training issues to give readers a deeper understanding of the field and an informed look at its future impact on mental health treatment. Individual chapters cover the spectrum of contemporary self-help initiatives in mental health, including:

• Online mutual aid groups.

• Consumer-run drop-in centers.

• Family and caregiver groups.

• Certified peer support specialists.

• Consumer advocacy initiatives.

• Technical assistance organizations.

• Professional/self-help collaborations.

Mental Health Self-Help is a bedrock guide to an increasingly influential aspect of the mental health landscape. Researchers studying these initiatives from a variety of fields including community and clinical psychology, and public health—as well as clinicians, counselors, social workers, case managers, and policymakers—will find it an indispensable reference.

About the authors

Louis D. Brown is a community psychologist and research faculty member of The Pennsylvania State University. His research examines how people engage in and benefit from self-help/mutual support initiatives. As a Research Associate at the Penn State Prevention Research Center, Dr. Brown also studies community health partnerships and the implementation of evidence-based programs to promote healthy youth development.

Scott Wituk, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR) at Wichita State University. Previously he served as the Research Coordinator at CCSR. In these positions he has conducted community-based research projects with self-help groups, coalitions, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations. He has over 30 peer reviewed publications and book chapters and numerous professional presentations.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction to Mental Health Self-Help

    Brown, Louis D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Theoretical Foundations of Mental Health Self-Help

    Brown, Louis D. (et al.)

    Pages 19-38

  • Participatory Action Research and Evaluation with Mental Health Self-Help Initiatives: A Theoretical Framework

    Nelson, Geoffrey (et al.)

    Pages 39-58

  • The Contributions of Mutual Help Groups for Mental Health Problems to Psychological Well-Being: A Systematic Review

    Pistrang, Nancy (et al.)

    Pages 61-85

  • Online Self-Help/Mutual Aid Groups in Mental Health Practice

    Finn, J. (et al.)

    Pages 87-105

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-0246-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mental Health Self-Help
Book Subtitle
Consumer and Family Initiatives
Editors
  • Louis D. Brown
  • Scott Wituk
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6253-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6253-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6252-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0246-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 359
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