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Mental Health Social Work Reimagined

Ian Cummins


This book argues that mental health social work needs to be located within the wider political and social policy landscape. Wider societal attitudes to mental illness are examined followed by a discussion of the development of community care. The author argues that these historical perspectives provide an insight into the roots of the current crisis in mental health services. The book goes on to analyse a range of contemporary issues and challenges in mental health social work. It argues that social inequality and policies of austerity have increased levels of mental distress. It calls for a ... More

Keywords: Mental health and mental illness, Social work, Deinstitutionalisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447335597
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Cummins, author
Salford University