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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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The social model of disability and suicide prevention

The social model of disability and suicide prevention

(p.153) Eleven The social model of disability and suicide prevention
Madness, distress and the politics of disablement

Helen Spandler

David Webb

Policy Press

This chapter is a transcript of an interview with David Webb, the author of Thinking about Suicide, who completed what is thought to be the world’s first PhD on suicide by a suicide survivor. The chapter explores David’s support for the inclusion of mental distress within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It considers the value of the social model for people experiencing suicidal feelings, and as a potential antidote to the increasing medicalisation of suicide. The chapter includes a discussion of the contested nature of impairment in mental health and of the relationship between disability and discrimination. It argues for the development of a social model of madness which is based upon, not separate from, the Social Model of Disability.

Keywords:   suicide, suicide prevention, mental distress, medicalization, impairment, discrimination, disability, social model of disability

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