mental health problems

Improving services and support for older people with mental health problems

Report reviewing the services available to older people with mental health problems and making a series of recommendations on how these can be improved.

Getting the basics right : developing a primary care mental health service in prisons (Policy paper 7)

Paper advocating some first steps in reforming primary care in prisons in England so that the UK Government's policy of 'equivalence', whereby prisoners receive health care in prison which is equivalent to that they would receive outside, can be better achieved.

Cannabis : Classification and Public Health

This report was produced by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) in response to a request made in July 2007 by the Home Office for the ACMD to review the classification of cannabis in light of the public concern about the potential mental health effects of cannabis use and in particular the use of stronger strains of the drug.

Understanding the Early Stages of Dementia

The main focus of this learning object is the early stages of dementia, including the emotional impact of the onset of symptoms and the diagnosis of dementia on the person concerned and those around them. The learning object also considers the importance of community-based support for people with dementia and how social networks can operate in this context. Towards the end of the learning object, you will look at the values and attitudes associated with person-centred care, particularly in relation to caring for and working with people with dementia as their condition progresses.

The seeds of exclusion

Report analysing early-life experiences, key issues and trajectories which lead some people into social exclusion and complex needs and using these insights to determine how such people can be better helped.

Can you hear me?: the needs of children in families living with mental illness in the west of Glasgow

Report of a project which assessed the needs of children of mentally ill parents and made recommendations for improving agency responses to them.

A Literature Review and Documentary Analysis on Recovery Training in Mental Health Practice

The NES/SRN Mental Health Recovery Project is a joint project between NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Recovery Network. The project is part of the overall implementation of the actions contained in 'Rights, Relationships and Recovery' (Scottish Executive, 2006), the national review of mental health nursing in Scotland. The overall aim of the project is to provide an outline framework for training/education for mental health nurses in relation to recovery and identify next actions for the implementation of this framework.

The lonely society?

Although many people experience loneliness at one time or another, it is often overlooked or dismissed. Because society prides itself on self-reliance, loneliness might carry a stigma for people who admit to it. This is both paradoxical and pernicious: if loneliness is transient, it is simply accepted as part of life, but there is a deep dread of being lonely for the long haul.

Overview of mental health services

Report that provides an overview of mental health services across Scotland and is the first in a series of planned reports in this area. Audit Scotland has carried out an overview to highlight areas for improvement and to identify priorities for future audit work. The report looks at mental health services provided by the NHS, councils, prisons, the police and the voluntary sector across Scotland for people of all ages.

Preventing later substance use disorders in at-risk children and adolescents

This review on indicated prevention adds to the current knowledge and understanding of risk factors in the development of later drug problems and dependence, focusing on the mental health and behavioural problems that develop during childhood. Indicated prevention is a relatively new branch of drug prevention and can be seen as the third part of the ‘prevention chain’, after universal and selective prevention.