Policy Press

The Short Guide to Mental Health

By Deirdre Heenan and Jennifer Betts

Published

Jan 1, 2025

Page count

232 pages

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Short Guides

ISBN

978-1447352440

Dimensions

198 x 129 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 1, 2025

Page count

232 pages

Browse the series

Short Guides

ISBN

978-1447352495

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
The Short Guide to Mental Health

Deirdre Heenan lays out key concepts and debates in the field of mental health in this clear and concise primer.

With overviews of recent developments and the perspectives of various stakeholders, the book introduces contemporary themes in policy and practice. It explores the prevalence, cost and social determinants of mental illness, the changing attitudes and stigma around them, and the roles of the state, voluntary and community sectors in designing and delivering services.

For students, practitioners, policy-makers and newcomers alike, this is an accessible and comprehensive guide to an important area that is increasingly prioritised and debated.

Deirdre Heenan is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences at the University of Ulster and the former Dean of Academic Development.

1. Introduction

2. Stigma

3. Mental Health Policy Development in the UK

4. The Provider Challenge and the Service User Movement

5. The Social Determinants of Mental Health

6. The Prevalence and Cost of Mental Illness

7. Conclusions