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Trusting on the edgeManaging uncertainty and vulnerability in the midst of serious mental health problems$
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Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428899

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428899.001.0001

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Trusting on the edge: implications for policy

Trusting on the edge: implications for policy

(p.105) Six Trusting on the edge: implications for policy
Trusting on the edge

Patrick Brown

Michael Calnan

Policy Press

Trusting on the edge: implications for policy Chapter Six draws together a number of the key themes emerging within the book and considers these, and the value of trust, as a principle for policymaking – at local and macro-policy levels. Mental health policy has oscillated over many years between facilitating the meeting of need through a more medicalised focus and recurring preoccupations with proceduralism – not least those around risk. It is argued that mental health services organised around a concept of trust may be more effective in satisfying both these concerns. The potential for trust to replace risk as a dominant organising concept for mental health policy is thus explored alongside factors that would seem to limit such a possibility. A number of broader reflections across the themes of the book are also raised.

Keywords:   Policy implications, Risk, Trust, Organisations

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