Participation in Mental Health Services: The Forgotten Bit

In the literature and in government documents 'participation in mental health services' refers to participation in one's own care and treatment, the rights of family to participate in the care and treatment of the person living with mental illness and, the right for consumers and family to participate in decision-making about how to improve our mental health services. A raft of government standards support participation and consumers and family members say they want it. What this means is that consumers and family members must be sitting alongside mental health managers and clinicians on recruitment panels and at clinical governance and policy committee meetings. It means that consumers and

Locking Up the Mentally Ill and Drug Affected

"The degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons" (Dostoevsky). Dostoevsky had it right! Our prisons are overflowing, more prisons are being built and health issues such mental illness and drug dependency is primarily treated as a criminal matter rather than a health matter. The Prisoners Legal Service (PLS) has been advocating for a review of the parole system. PLS has raised concerns about 'persons who are returned to prison for breaches of their parole and prisoners who, in general, are not currently offered access to timely rehabilitation programs, services and interventions including for mental health, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse (http://pl

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