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Changing minds: opening up employment options for people with mental health problems

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.003.0015
Changing minds: opening up employment options for people with mental health problems

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This chapter examines the historical context, contrasting it with the research evidence regarding the work aspirations of people with enduring mental-health problems and their potential to become valued employees. It argues that what is required to enable people to fulfil their potential is a shift from a clinical model of recovery, from mental ill health towards a model more akin to a social model of disability. The chapter presents the results of a study exploring approaches to employment support for this group to back up that argument. It looks at the progress being made in developing appropriate supported employment in the UK and at the challenges ahead.

Keywords: historical context; research evidence; work aspirations; mental-health problems; clinical recovery model; disability; employment support; UK

Chapter.  4697 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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