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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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Towards a socially situated model of mental distress

Towards a socially situated model of mental distress

(p.69) Five Towards a socially situated model of mental distress
Madness, distress and the politics of disablement

Jerry Tew

Policy Press

The field of mental health has its own history of activism, out of which alternative approaches to mental distress have emerged. However, these ideas have yet to coalesce into a way of thinking that has had the impact of the social model of disability. This chapter draws on some alternative approaches to recovery in relation to experiences such as self harm and hearing voices to explore what a socially situated model of mental distress might look like. The chapter concludes that we need to move beyond both the social model of disability and recovery perspectives to specifically reconceptualise experiences of mental distress as complex interpersonal responses to oppressive life experiences.

Keywords:   mental distress, activism, social model of disability, recovery, self harm, hearing voices, oppression

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