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A Manifesto for Mental Health

Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care

Authors: Kinderman, Peter

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  • Outlines a principled and evidenced proposal for change; a call for new thinking on mental health care and wellbeing
  • Provides an international perspective on key issues in the field of mental health
  • Supports a sharp reduction in reliance on medication to address emotional distress, and greater legal protection for our autonomy
  • Argues that identifying mental health issues as merely the symptom of diagnosable ‘illnesses’ lacks reliability, validity and utility
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A Manifesto for Mental Health presents a radically new and distinctive outlook that critically examines the dominant ‘disease-model’ of mental health care. Incorporating the latest findings from both biological neuroscience and research into the social determinants of psychological problems, Peter Kinderman offers a contemporary, biopsychosocial, alternative. He warns that the way we care for people with mental health problems is creating a hidden human rights emergency and he proposes a new vision for the future of health organisations across the globe. 
The book highlights persuasive evidence that our mental health and wellbeing depend largely on the society in which we live, on the things happen to us, and on how we learn to make sense of and respond to those events. Kinderman proposes a rejection of invalid diagnostic labels, practical help rather than medication, and a recognition that distress is usually an understandable human response to life's challenges. Offering a serious critique of establishment thinking, A Manifesto for Mental Health provides a well-crafted demonstration of how, with scientific rigour and empathy, a revolution in mental health care is not only highly desirable, it is also entirely achievable. 

About the authors

Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust and Clinical Advisor for Public Health England, UK. He was 2016-2017 President of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and twice chair of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology. His research activity and clinical work concentrate on serious and enduring mental health problems, as well as on how psychological science can assist public policy in health and social care. His previous books include A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing (2014).



Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-25

    Kinderman, Peter

  • Events and Consequences

    Pages 27-47

    Kinderman, Peter

  • We are not the Slaves of our Brains

    Pages 49-79

    Kinderman, Peter

  • Making Sense of Things

    Pages 81-101

    Kinderman, Peter

  • Labels are for Products, not People

    Pages 103-131

    Kinderman, Peter

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24386-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $27.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24385-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Manifesto for Mental Health
Book Subtitle
Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24386-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24386-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-24385-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 314
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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