Authors: Paul Hickey
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: How people with a lived experience of mental illness and carers of a person with mental illness who are employed within a mental health service conceptualise social inclusion, their views on its application in mental health service provision and their views on the clinical utility of the Living in the Community Questionnaire.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Paul is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland and is the Allied Health Professional Lead in Social Work at Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service in Brisbane. He has been working in public mental health for over 20 years and has a strong interest in the impact of social inclusion on a persons recovery.
The literature shows that people with a lived experience of mental illness are amongst the most socially excluded groups in society (Berry, Gerry, Hayward, & Chandler, 2010; Cobigo & Stuart, 2010; Huxley & Thornicroft, 2003) and face exclusion within multiple domains such as employment, housing, education and health and experience ongoing social isolation (Vicserve, 2008).This presentation will discuss a component of a PhD research project looking at how the lived experience workforce within a public mental health service conceptualise social inclusion, their views regarding the role of social inclusion in mental health service provision and this groups views on the clinical utility of the Living in the Community Questionnaire will be presented. The audience will take away the challenges involved in providing mental health services that promote social inclusion, be prompted to consider their attitudes towards the clinical utility of standardised measures and examine how they conceptualise social inclusion.
Learning Objective 1: The audience will be prompted to consider their attitudes towards the clinical utility of standardised measures and examine how they conceptualise social inclusion.
Learning Objective 2: The audience will take away the challenges involved in providing mental health services that promote social inclusion and be challenged to consider the service provision implications and individual practice issues of working with people with a lived experience of mental illness from a social inclusion framework.
Berry, C., Gerry, L., Hayward, M., & Chandler, R. (2010). Expectations and illusions: a position paper on the relationship between mental health practitioners and social exclusion. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs, 17(5), 411-421. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01538.x
Cobigo, V., & Stuart, H. (2010). Social inclusion and mental health. Curr Opin Psychiatry, 23(5), 453-457. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e32833bb305
Huxley, P., & Thornicroft, G. (2003). Social Inclusion, social quality and mental illness. British Journal of Psychiatry, 182, 289 - 290.
Vicserv. (2008). VICSERV Pathways to Social Inclusion: Social Inclusion: an outcome measure for the mental health service system VICSERV’s Pathways to Social Inclusion: Social Inclusion (pp. 1-17). Melbourne: Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (Vicserv).
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