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This section includes books and publications related to general mental health as well as mental health related detention, good practice, reports, reform etc.

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Book - Mental Health, Race and CultureMental Health, Race and Culture
(Suman Fernando)
This powerful text offers a unique analysis of the impact of race and culture on contemporary issues in mental health. Drawing on international experience, Fernando challenges the traditional ideas that inform practice in clinical psychology and psychiatry in order to promote new ways of thinking.

The Mental Health Handbook
(Trevor Powell)
This is an extremely comprehensive resource of photocopiable handouts to aid therapeutic intervention. This treasury of successful photocopiable handouts is sensibly organised for quick access in one convenient package.

Name/TitlePublication Summary
A Straight Talking Intro to Mental Health ProblemsDr John Read had previously worked in the UK and USA for 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services. He is co-editor of 'Models of Madness': Psychological, social and biological approaches to schizophrenia, and founding editor of the research journal 'Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches'.
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communitiesThroughout England and Wales, nearly a fifth of people come from a BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) background. The mental health of BAME communities is very important because people from these communities often face individual and societal challenges that can affect access to healthcare and overall mental and physical health.
Custody Deaths Research ProjectIn this paper Dr David Baker considers deaths after police contact in England of people experiencing mental health issues. It uses rich qualitative data from interviews with the families of nine people who died after police contact to examine how they died. The paper aims to assess the police role in providing a de facto service for people undergoing mental health crises and how the use of force might affect the outcomes of such encounters.
Key Concepts in Mental HealthThis is the only text to give you a complete, concise overview of mental health and all the issues that surround it from a theoretical and practical point of view. Split into 3 sections, the book defines mental health and mental illness, examines the services and settings in which mental health care takes place and discusses the societal issues surrounding mental health.
Mental Health & Reform : 4WardEver LibraryHere you can find a selection of publications and resources from various third parties that cover general mental health issues, as well as those related to custody issues. Includes reports, factsheets, policy and reform updates.
Racism and Mental Health (pdf)In the UK there are persistent and wide-ranging inequalities for people from BME backgrounds compared to those from other backgrounds. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to improving the quality of mental healthcare and the principles of diversity and inclusion.
Race, Mental Health, State ViolenceAt a time when mental health is often decontextualised from the structural violence experienced by the most vulnerable in society, this special issue of Race & Class shows how race, mental health and state violence intersect – in places of detention and incarceration, on the street, in mental health institutions, in counter-extremism policies and in the home.
Reading Well Agency('Because everything changes when we read') - Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. It is endorsed by health professionals and supported by many UK public libraries.
Seni's Law(Mental Health Use of Force Act)Seni’s Law (Mental Health Use of Force Act) was inspired by Olaseni Lewis who died in 2010 after being restrained by 11 police officers in Bethlem Royal Hospital. An Act to make provision about oversight and management of appropriate use of force on people in mental health units; to make provision about the use of body cameras by police officers in the course of duties in relation to people in mental health units.
Shoot the Damn Dog"Shoot the Damn Dog : A Memoir of Depression" blasts the stigma of depression as a character flaw and confronts the illness Winston Churchill called 'the black dog', a condition that humiliates, punishes and isolates its sufferers. It's a personal account of a journey through severe depression, as well as being a practical book, offering ideas about what might help.
The Mental Health HandbookThis is an extremely comprehensive resource of photocopiable handouts to aid therapeutic intervention. This treasury of successful photocopiable handouts is sensibly organised for quick access in one convenient package.
Reading List: Mental health - black & minority ethnic communities (pdf)This reading list is produced by The King’s Fund Information and Knowledge Services. The items on this list are selected only from items held by Information and Knowledge Services or are freely available on the Internet.
Independent review of
the Mental Health Act
Everybody has “mental health”, but far too many of us have mental health problems. For many years this has existed in a twilight zone, both in society in general and the NHS in particular. There is now a welcome desire and indeed some success in bringing it into the light.

A most disturbing history of black mental health
Drapetomania was the name given to the ‘mental illness’ that numerous enslaved Africans demonstrated by running away from the European slave masters who were abusing them. As far as white doctors in the 1860’s were concerned, human beings were mentally ill if, when physically abused and tortured, they chose to escape.

Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2015/16
The Big Book has updated user-friendly information, tips, tactics and sample forms to support anyone living with mental health problems and those who advise them, in the ever changing world of “welfare reforms”.

An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness
Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it first-hand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients.

Black and dangerous? Patient experiences of mental health services in London
John, a man with a paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis, has spent much of his life in and out of mental health hospitals. A cheerful, chatty 45-year-old, he puts his current stay down to a scuffle with the police. “I get upset when I’m angry. To be black and upset is a cardinal sin.”


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