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.
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.
This resource is a guide for Connexions workers and staff working with young people in transition. Connexions is the government's support service for all young people aged 13 to 19 in England. It brings together all the services and support young people need during their teenage years offering differentiated and integrated support to young people through Personal Advisers (PAs).
This is the Samaritans website. Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
This booklet provides an introduction to traditional Chinese medicine for anyone with a personal or professional interest in coping with mental health difficulties. It looks at Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion and tuina, and explains how it can help with problems ranging from panic attacks to psychosis, how to find a practitioner and what to expect from a consultation. It also includes information about some of the herbal preparations that are suitable for self-medication.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This booklet is for anyone who wants to learn how to deal with anger in a constructive and healthy way.
This booklet, produced by the Mental Health Foundation, provides information about exercise referral and the treatment of mild or moderate depression for GPs and healthcare practitioners.
This booklet, produced by the Mental Health Foundation, provides information about how people with depression can use exercise to help them get better, and that they may be able to get 'prescriptions' for exercise from their GP.
This resource discuses exercise therapy as a treatment for mild or moderate depression. The report looks at research which indicates incidences of GP 'prescriptions' for exercise in the treatment of depression are low. The Mental Health Foundation is embarking on a campaign to promote exercise referral, the aim of which is to remove the main obstacle to the use of exercise therapy as a first-line treatment for mild or moderate depression in primary care – the failure of information to reach those who may be able to use it. Up and Running? marks the beginning of this campaign.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This article looks at the use of St. John's Wort, which is a herbal remedy and has recently been produced in tablet form and extensively marketed as a treatment for depression.