An understanding of the social environment and the principles of good social care contribute to a better understanding of the experiences of people with mental illness and allow us to move away from a narrow biomedical focus (read more here). Projects like our anti-social behaviour and dual diagnosis projects, both funded by the Welsh Government, highlighted challenges in policy implementation, and the importance of better partnership working.
Social and relational factors are central to the lives of people with a mental health diagnosis. Carers, families and friends can experience distress and helplessness. Our project with people who care for someone with a mental illness underscored the need to consider carers’ perspectives and experiences. Enabling the participation of service users and carers is an important aspect in all our projects and we aim to contribute to practice and learning globally.
Krayer A, Robinson CA, Poole R. (2018) Exploration of joint working practices on anti-social behaviour between criminal justice, mental health and social care agencies: A qualitative study. Health Soc Care Community. 2018;00:1–11. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12543
Robinson, CA, Seddon, D, Krayer, A, Tommis, Y, Roberts, A, Gray, B (2011) Carers for people with mental health problems: needs assessment to service provision.