depression

Role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy

This unit explores the role of diagnosis in the treatment of mental health problems. It considers the history of our current understandings of 'mental health' and 'illness' with focus on the concepts of anxiety and depression, and looks at potential gains and losses in using diagnostic labels in counselling and pyschotherapy. This unit is an adapted extract from The Open University course D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadness . It is at introductory level, and should take 8 hours to complete.

Life after stroke: the long-term emotional and psychological needs of stroke survivors and their carers (IRISS Insights, no.6)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed.

This Insight focuses on the long-term emotional and psychological needs of stroke survivors and their carers.

Animated Minds

'Animated Minds' is a series of animated documentaries using real testimony from survivors of mental illness, combined with engaging and sometimes humorous visuals, to climb inside the minds of the mentally distressed. Windows into experiences rarely seen, each piece draws us in to these people's inner worlds, journeying around the landscape of their minds, and leaving us with a greater understanding of what it is to suffer from mental distress.

Sadness (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series discusses sadness and how well we cope with it. Jenni Murray talks to author and broadcaster, Michael Rosen, about his new picture book in which he describes his sadness about the death of his son. Author and counsellor, Suzy Hayman, joins them to discuss how sadness affects our lives and how we deal with it.

Journeys of Recovery. Audio recording. Episode 2

Episode Two of the Scottish Recovery Network's Journeys of Recovery podcast features the stories 'There is more to me than my Mental Health', 'Paving my Own Way' and 'JR and Sue Ellen'. The narrative was derived from an interview conducted as part of the 'Recovering mental health in Scotland' (2007) for the Scottish Recovery Network.

IAPT programme fills gap in mental health provision

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme provides cognitive behaviour therapy and other evidence-based therapies for those with mental health needs. This article looks at the progress so far, the increase in the number of referrals made and the role of low-intensity therapists in the services. A short case study is also included.

Journeys of Recovery. Audio recording. Episode 1

Episode one of the Scottish Recovery Network's Journeys of Recovery podcast features the stories Bring on Las Vegas and the Pink Cadillac!, The House that Recovery Built and It's Never Too Late.

Journeys of Recovery. Audio recordings. Episode 3

Episode Three of the Scottish Recovery Network's Journeys of Recovery podcast features the stories 'Tracky bottoms and trainers versus make-up and heels', 'Coming out of the fog' and 'Psychotic and proud'. The narrative was derived from an interview conducted as part of the 'Recovering mental health in Scotland' (2007) for the Scottish Recovery Network.

Journeys of Recovery. Audio recording. Episode 4

Episode Four of the Scottish Recovery Network's Journeys of Recovery podcast features the stories 'The evolutionary jigsaw', 'Doesn't time fly when you're depressed' and 'To hell and back'. The narrative was derived from an interview conducted as part of the 'Recovering mental health in Scotland' (2007) for the Scottish Recovery Network.

Older people and mental health

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet is for older people, but it is also relevant to their carers, relatives and friends. It explores how older people can maintain good mental health, and gives information on mental distress with an emphasis on the issues that may affect older people. Throughout this factsheet ‘older people’ refers to those aged 65 and over, although many of the issues covered, such as retirement, may be relevant to people under 65.