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How can mental health services promote recovery from severe mental illness? (Outline 9)

Paper examining the meaning and process of recovery as described by people with a severe mental illness and identifying a number of factors which support or undermine this. What is known about each factor is summarised as are the implications these have for health and social care practice.

FAST (Foundation for Assistive Technology ) web site

FAST is a small, independent organisation and registered charity which works collaboratively with other members of the Assistive Technology community, across statutory, voluntary and private sectors to bring innovative products to market and to improve services for disabled and older people. Their website includes a database of Assistive Technology research and development, a list of events and workshops, and a guide to training and courses in Assistive Technology.

What are the barriers that children and young people face when they are seeking help?

Factsheet that explains why children and young people may want to seek help and what prevents them from asking for it. It offers advice to organisations on how to encourage children to ask for help and support.

Young Carers Good Practice Guide

This report presents the research made by The Young Carers’ Network about young carers projects and services in Scotland. The guide is set out in 5 sections and outlines areas to be considered when planning and developing a service for young carers. It can be used as a planning tool, a checklist or a reference throughout the life of the service. The material can also be useful to support or develop in-house training sessions.

Together we will change : community development, mental health and diversity

Report combining research, policy and practice gained from a project in Bradford called Sharing Voices. This project was created to help black and ethnic minority (BME) people better understand their mental health needs and develop appropriate solutions. The report is intended to be of use to those commissioning or delivering community development initiatives targeted at people from BME groups with mental health needs.

Drugs in the family : the impact on parents and siblings : summary

This resource summarises the key findings of a study into the impact drug problems have on the family and siblings. It highlights that the tendency for policy and practice to focus on the individual with the drug problem has eclipsed consideration of the severe and enduring impacts of problem drug use on many families. The full report that this summary is based on is also available in this repository.

Gypsy Travellers

Video featuring the story of a service user turned care worker who draws on his own experiences in his work with a Gypsy Traveller support group.

Making choice and control a reality for disabled people: consultation on the right to control

The Right to Control is about disabled people having control over the support they need to live their lives. This consultation aims to look at the best way for disabled adults to access new services, such as individual budgets, which will give them more control over the services they are entitled to.

The consultation is the first step in designing trailblazer sites to find out the best way to deliver the Right to Control. Annexes include a summary of funding streams that could be included in Right to Control trailblazers, case studies and a glossary.

Putting people first: A shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care (HM Government 2007)

This protocol outlines transformation required to support personalisation, encompassing joint strategic needs assessment, commissioning that stimulates quality provision, and locally agreed approaches using community resources.

Women's Aid website

Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity which co-ordinates and supports an England-wide network of over 300 local projects, providing over 500 refuges, helplines, outreach services and advice centres. Our work is built on almost 30 years of campaigning and developing new responses to domestic violence.