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Every Family in the Land: Understanding prejudice and discrimination against people with mental illness, revised edition

ISBN 9781853155734
Published November 10, 2003 by CRC Press
480 Pages

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Book Description

Produced as part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' anti-stigma campaign , "Changing Minds", this text is a revised edition of the original Internet and CD-ROM version, comprising a collection of 90 learned articles, personal perspectives and commentaries. It attempts to explain and penetrate to the "deep spring" that is the source of these stigmatisations and discriminations against people with mental illnesses. Internationally renowned experts shed light on the causes of, reactions to and misunderstanding of what underwrites an all too common condemnation of those with anxiety or depressive disorders, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, eating disorders, alcohol or drug misuse, and disordered personalities. Others, who have experienced such severe mental health problems (one in four of us within our lifetime), describe their distress and the crushing effects of discrimination.

This book, which has been aptly described as a "gold mine", will be of great interest to all health professionals, social workers, carers and anyone affected by mental illness.

Table of Contents

Preface: Perspectives on stigmatisation, distancing and discrimination - Arthur Crisp
Foreword: Why stigma matters - Robert E Kendall
PART 1: The history of stigmatisation of the mentally ill
PART 2: People's perceptions of the mentally 'ill' and the experiences of users and carers
Section 2A: Perception and experience of mental illness
Section 2B: Experiences of user and carer support groups
Section 2C: The community and mental illness
Section 2D: Contemporary images and the future
PART 3: The origins of stigmatisation: Stigmatisation as a survival strategy
PART 4: Self-inflictions, social adaptation or biological destiny? Models of psychopathology and their relationship to stigmatisation
PART 5: Personality disorder, its nature, stigmatisation, relationship to mental illness and its treatment possibilities
Section 5A: Personality disorder
Section 5B: Stigmatisation of personality disorder
Section 5C: Treatment of personality disorder
PART 6: The Law and mental illness
PART 7: Creativity and mental disorder
PART 8: Spirituality and mental illness
PART 9: Some strategies to tackle stigmatisation and discrimination
Section 9A: Clinical
Section 9B: Social
Section 9C: Statutory
Section 9D: Other campaigns
Section 9E: Summary of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Campaign
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Arthur H Crisp MD DSc FRCP FRCP(Ed) FRCPsych
Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of London; Chairman, Changing Minds Campaign, Royal College of Psychiatrists


It robustly assimilates the zeitgeist; venting both experiences and opinions of contributors alongside the drive of the recent Royal College of Psychiatrists' 'Every Family in the Land' campaign to reduce stigma in the mental health domain. Pick it up; help change practice.
Primary Care Mental Health Volume 2, Number 1

It contains a wealth of information, views and personal experiences of the effects of stigma and is a readable and rich resource for information and understanding about the issues of stigma and mental illness.
Nursing Standard, 8 September 2004

The book is comprehensive and best read as a whole, but individual parts and chapters are sufficiently detailed to be read alone. The book is also well referenced and up to date ... I would thoroughly recommend it and it will certainly be within easy reach on my book shelf.
Primary Care Psychiatry

After reading this book I feel that mental health and social well being is an intrinsic thread that runs through the web of life and stigma, discrimination and prejudice will have an impact on recovery at any point along this thread. I feel that this book should be made mandatory reading for all people training in every health or social care setting.
Mental Health Nursing

I would recommend this as essential reading for the undergraduate student and as a book that all health and social care professionals, whatever their grade or level of experience, should read every once in a while to remind ourselves of the realities of living with mental illness...it is a book that can be dipped into.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy