Personal well-being networks for severe mental illness: the importance of being social

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The University College London Mental Health Masters students summarise a recent exploratory study on personal well-being networks, social capital and severe mental illness.

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Anorexia nervosa: relapse, remission and recovery

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Sarah McDonald asks: What happens after treatment? She summarises a recent systematic review of relapse, remission, and recovery in anorexia nervosa.

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Recovery review highlights rhetoric-evidence gap: does that CHIME with you?

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Simon Bradsheet publishes his debut elf blog on a recent review of mental health recovery, which provides a useful wake-up call to recovery enthusiasts and researchers to more fully take account of a broader set of experiences when justifying the application of recovery values.

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A social model for understanding madness and distress

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Alison Faulkner on a new Shaping Our Lives report, which addresses service user and survivor views about ways of understanding madness and distress, but in particular about the potential of a social model.

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Empowering, personalised and recovery-focused care planning and co-ordination: When will we ever learn?

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Sarah Carr summarises the COCAPP mixed-methods study, which concludes that positive therapeutic relationships appear to be the most important factor in helping care planning and care coordination to be personalised and recovery-focused.

This blog also features an in-depth podcast interview with Professor Alan Simpson who led the COCAPP study, talking with Sarah Carr and André Tomlin about the research and it’s implications for mental health services.

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Individual placement and support for mental health vocational rehabilitation

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John Baker considers the findings of a recent RCT, which studies a time limited form of individual placement and support to help people with mental health problems back into work.

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Staff understanding of recovery-orientated mental health practice: A critical note of caution?

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Andrew Shepherd considers the findings of a recent systematic review and narrative synthesis, which looks at staff understanding of recovery-orientated mental health practice.

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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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Do you need more psychotherapy to get better? New study suggests no relationship between number of sessions and improvement

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Sarah Knowles appraises a recent study of UK routine practice, which looks at the effect that duration of psychotherapy has on recovery and improvement rates.

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