Category Archives: mental health

The Guide 31: Support is meaningless

Stop saying ‘support’ because it lulls us into a false sense of competence Continue reading

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The Guide 30: Don’t expect your service user to perform perfectly.

The fact that you mess up from time to time doesn’t make you a failure. It merely makes you human. Continue reading

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The Guide 29: Lapse is different from relapse

We don’t needto convince people that they’ve failed when all they’ve really done is stumble a little along their path to success. Continue reading

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The Guide 28: Do as I do

If we expect our service-users to make positive changes we need to demonstrate them in ourselves. Continue reading

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The Guide 27: Coping skills develop slowly

The next time your service user gets something wrong or fails to meet expectations don’t assume they’re incapable. Help them to grow because of that mistake, not in spite of it. It’s a vital part of learning new skills and new ways of coping. Continue reading

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The Guide 26: People are just people

Nobody is special because people are just people. Continue reading

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The Guide 25: There is no ‘us and them’

There really is no such thing as ‘us and them’. Continue reading

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The Guide 24: ‘Hanged if you do, hanged if you don’t’ – a duty of care myth

Do all that you reasonably can.
Don’t break the law. Continue reading

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The Guide 22: The meaning of recovery in mental health

there are 3 types of recovery. If a person can achieve any 2 of the 3 they have recovered Continue reading

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The Guide 21: The Self-fulfilling prophecy

Nobody works very hard if they don’t believe in the goal. Continue reading

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