1st Edition

Co-Production in Mental Health Implementing Policy into Practice

By Michael Norton Copyright 2023
    208 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the recovery principle of co-production within mental health services, defining it as the creation of a space where all stakeholders – including service users, family members, carers and supporters – come together in a partnership to improve all aspects of mental health services.

    Exploring both the practicalities and complexities of co-production, the book provides detailed analyses of all aspects of the concept in relation to mental health and discusses the growing evidence-base for adopting co-production as a recovery approach within a mental health setting. The book’s chapters outline: the foundational principles in implementing the concept in services; the theories of co-production in and outside of mental health settings; how to translate theory into practice; and examples of implementation. The book also explores the sustainability of co-production and the tensions that are present between the idea of recovery and mental health policy.

    The volume represents an ideal introduction to the concept of co-production in mental health and will be valuable reading for those researching and working in the area of mental health services and recovery, including nurses, occupational therapists and social workers.

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    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Context – Setting the Scene
    2. Part 2: Empirical, Historical and Theoretical Components

    3. Co-Production – A Definition for a Growing Empirical Paradigm
    4. History of Co-Production as it relates to Mental Health
    5. Principles of Co-Production
    6. Types and Process of Co-Production
    7. Advantages of and Challenges to Co-Production
    8. Co-Production through a Theoretical Lens – The Theory Behind Practice
    9. Part 3: Turning Theory into Practice

    10. Making Co-Production a Reality Part 1 – Foundations
    11. Making Co-Production a Reality Part 2 – Translating Theory into Practice
    12. Sustainability of Co-Production
    13. Part 4: Concluding Remarks

    14. Concluding Remarks



    Michael Norton is a National Engagement and Recovery Lead with HSE Mental Health Services and a Lecturer of Mental Health in the Community at University College Cork, Ireland.