Mental illness, social work and social justice

Bland, Robert and Tullgren, Ann (2011). Mental illness, social work and social justice. In Peter Jones, Debra Miles, Abraham Francis and Rajeev SP (Ed.), Eco-social justice: Issues, challenges and ways forward: Voices from De Novo'11 (pp. 25-44) Karnataka, India: Books for Change.

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Author Bland, Robert
Tullgren, Ann
Title of chapter Mental illness, social work and social justice
Title of book Eco-social justice: Issues, challenges and ways forward: Voices from De Novo'11
Place of Publication Karnataka, India
Publisher Books for Change
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
ISBN 9788182911185
Editor Peter Jones
Debra Miles
Abraham Francis
Rajeev SP
Chapter number 2
Start page 25
End page 44
Total pages 20
Total chapters 21
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Developments in policy and services in mental health have promoted a view of illness as simple, medical and treatable. For many people, however, mental illness remains complex, pervasive and challenging so that good outcomes remain elusive. The disorders are pervasive in their impact across multiple and major life domains - they are not so much medical disorders as disorders of life itself. This paper explores this complexity through the theoretical perspectives of social inclusion, stigma and recovery theory and considers the specific examples of income security and employment. It argues the need for a broad approach to social justice for people with mental illness, and the importance of a social work approach to comprehensive care.
Keyword Mental illness
Social inclusion
Social justice
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This selection of papers drawn from the De Novo '11 conference on eco-social justice provides an opportunity to generate dialogue and open discussions on what such an eco-social orientation might entail. From pedagogy to practice, the authors in this volume provide examples of both the issues confronting workers at the frontline of eco-social practice and begin an exploration into how such practice might contribute to the development of a more sustainable future.

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