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Taking Over the Asylum: Empowerment & Mental Health

by Marian Barnes & Ric Bowl - £32.99  Palgrave (2000)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780333740910 | ISBN 10: 0333740912

One of the most critical developments within 'welfare' in recent years has been the transformation of service users from 'passive recipients' to 'active subjects' of welfare policy & practice. This book explores the way in which users or survivors of mental health services - people often described as 'lacking capacity' to make decisions about their own care - have taken action to empower themselves. It examines evidence of the impact this action has had on their lives, on services, and on practice in mental health. The authors argue that disempowerment can be exacerbated by racist & gendered assumptions and they question the way we think about 'mental health' and 'mental illness' and what it means to live with 'madness'.
Drawing on the writings of activists and on international research evidence of action by users and survivors, this important book explores different strategies being adopted to achieve change both within the mental health system and in the lives of those who live with psychological distress. The wide ranging analysis of current debate provides a valuable and clear insight into the potential and dilemmas of collective action by service users and survivors.

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