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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 11: Psychosis (introduction)

The word psychosis is just a term we use to describe certain experiences or symptoms. Psychotic symptoms come in three broad groups which are: Continue reading

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The Guide 9: Depression

The basic trick with depression is positive action. Get people active again and give them a reason to continue to take an interest. This is more than mere distraction – it involves purpose Continue reading

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The Guide 6: The meaning of psychiatric diagnoses

Diagnosis means ‘through knowledge’ and yet we know much less than we’d like to for sure. In fact there are those who argue that diagnosis is little better than useless in mental health care Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 25: Who put us in charge?

In those early days I would take it upon myself to stop residents at the door and expect them to explain to me why they were safe to go outside. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 21: Consequences, learned behaviour and boundaries

Actions have consequences and we do our service-users no favours by pretending that they can behave inappropriately without facing them.
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Privileged glimpses 18: Behaviours that harm the individual

Generally speaking the more that we focus upon a behaviour the more it recurs anyway so only intervene if you have to. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 17: Challenging behaviour means …

Challenging behaviour is a combination of two criteria:
1.Behaviour that we don’t like;
2.Behaviour that we think we need to respond to.
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Privileged glimpses 14: You’re probably not an emergency service

If it doesn’t need emergency services it’s not an emergency. It may be something that’s better sorted out sooner than later but it’s not worth putting yourself or others at risk. Continue reading

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Mental Health and Social Care

Mental health care doesn’t need to be complicated Continue reading

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