What psychosocial factors promote and challenge mental health recovery?

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In this blog, Sarah Carr examines a systematic review into the psychosocial factors that help and hinder mental health recovery and discusses implications for policy.

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Steps towards employment for disabled people: What works?

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In this blog, Gerry Bennison offers an analysis of and perspectives on a study of employment programmes for people with learning disabilities or mental health problems.

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Multiple perspectives on community treatment orders

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In his second blog on community treatment orders, Ian Cummins looks at a UK study on user, carer and practitioner perspectives and critiques the policy.

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Micro providers at the margins: filling gaps, building bridges

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Jo Moriatry considers a literature review on how people who have been marginalised in mainstream services are creating and finding support from micro providers and community organisations.

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Improving shared decision making in mental health

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Martin Webber critiques a US study capturing service user views on shared decision making in mental health care and discusses possible implications for social work.

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Support to enhance social networks for mental health

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Ian Cummins examines research on how mental health workers can support the generation of social capital through social networks for people recovering from psychosis and finds links with the recovery model.

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Rural housing problems, mental health and substance use

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Ian Cummins considers an Australian study on the interplay of rural issues, mental health problems and substance use on housing and access to a secure home.

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Disabled people’s experiences of violent and hate crime

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Hannah Morgan examines a secondary analysis of the UK Life Opportunities Survey which explores disabled people’s experiences of violent and hate crime.

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People with mental health problems talk about poverty

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Ian Cummins adds to current political debates about poverty and social justice as he explores Canadian research on the topic that captured the experiences and views of people with mental health problems who actually live in poverty.

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Can we train for resilience to future adversity?

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Martin Stevens finds some paradoxes in a systematic review on resilience and interventions to strengthen individuals against future adversity.

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