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Community Mental Health in Canada, Revised and Expanded Edition

Theory, Policy, and Practice

Community Mental Health in Canada offers a timely, critical overview of the provision of public mental health services in Canada, past, present, and future. This new edition has been substantially revised and expanded and includes a deeper discussion of stigma, the recovery vision, the pharmaceutical industry, and mental health law, in addition to an array of new topics. Recent developments such as the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2007 and the release of its national mental health strategy document in 2012 are also discussed. Accessibly written and highly informative, it is an indispensable resource for students, practitioners, and policy makers, as well as service recipients and their families.

512 pages

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition


1 Frames of Reference

2 Priorities and Needs: Who Is Being Helped?

3 Illness Burden and Prevention

4 Stigma

5 The Recovery Vision

6 Culture

7 Practitioners, Clients, and Family Members

8 The Drug Companies

9 Reforming Mental Health: Deinstitutionalization and Beyond

10 The Evidence Base and “Best Practices”

11 The Continuum of Mental Health Services

12 Housing

13 The Interface with the Criminal Justice System

14 Assessment and Diagnosis

15 Medical Management

16 Educations, Skills Training, and Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches

17 Occupation

18 The Legal and Ethical Context of Mental Health Practice

Afterword: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges



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