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Understanding Mental Distress

Knowledge, Practice and Neoliberal Reform in Community Mental Health Services

By Rich Moth

Published

Apr 21, 2022

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447349877

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 21, 2022

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447349907

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Understanding Mental Distress

In this timely analysis, Rich Moth assesses mental health services in a period of major change.

Based on extended fieldwork in community mental health services, he explores the many impacts of policy reform, marketisation and austerity on NHS mental health provision, and positions developments in the contexts of neoliberalism and an increased emphasis on individual responsibility.

Firmly rooted in the lived experiences of people using mental health services, and the social workers, nurses and psychiatrists delivering them, this is a stimulating perspective on understandings of and responses to mental distress within this organisational setting.

Rich Moth is senior lecturer in social work at Liverpool Hope University.

Introduction

Part 1: Socio-Historical Contexts of Policy and Practice

Chapter 1: Policy Responses to Mental Distress: From the Asylum to Neoliberal Services

Part 2: Lived Experiences of Neoliberal Reform

Chapter 2: The Transition from Relational to Informational Practice

Chapter 3: Time, Trust and Relational Practice

Chapter 4: Risk and Responsibilisation

Chapter 5: Defining Mental Distress

Chapter 6: Punitive Managerialism Under Austerity

Chapter 7: Shifting Contours of Managerial Control

Part 3: Theorising Knowledge and Practice

Chapter 8: Temporality and Situational Logics in the Labour Process

Chapter 9: Biomedical Residualism and its Discontents

Conclusion