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Repper, D. and Perkins, R. (2003) Social Inclusion and Recovery. London: Balliere Tindall

Although it is widely agreed that the experiences of service users have much to offer mental health professionals, the majority of books for this group focus on either conditions or different types of service provision.  This book takes as its starting point the lived experience of recovery, which is the process whereby individuals can be helped to understand and come to terms with their illness.  The role and actions of mental health professionals is explored as part of the process of recovery.  The major part of the book focuses on ways in which direct care staff can assist people with mental health problems, reflecting the accounts of the nature and type of assistance which have been valuable, and the ways in which such help can best be offered.  It addresses two key components of recovery - access and inclusion to life opportunities and acceptance.


Social Inclusion Unit (2005). Improving Services, Improving Lives: Evidence and Key Themes , Improving service delivery for disadvantaged adults.  Social Inclusion Unit: London

The new report Improving Services, Improving Lives-Evidence and Key Themes shows that public services need to do even more to help disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.  It also shows that public service reform offers a real opportunity to make services work better for those who need them most.  The report is the first in a series from the unit looking at how public services can work better for disadvantaged people.  It looks at the effectiveness of mainstream public services - including education and training, health, employment benefits and housing.


Kelmshall, H. and Littlechild, R. (editors) (2000) User involvement and participation in social care: research informing practice.  Jessica Kingsley: London


This text explores strategies for effectively involving users in the planning, delivery and evaluation of services.  How the key concepts of empowerment, participation and user involvement have been applied in important areas such as mental health are discussed.


Sempik , J., Aldridge , J. and Becker , S. (2005) Health, Well-being and Social Inclusion: Therapeutic Horticulture in the UK.  London: The Policy Press

Although there is growing interest among health and social care professionals in the social and therapeutic value of horticulture, there is little evidence that demonstrates the range of outcomes for vulnerable groups, including those with learning difficulties and mental health problems. This report addresses this gap in knowledge and presents the findings of the Growing Together project, the first detailed study of horticulture and gardening projects across the UK.  Drawing on the results of a survey of over 800 projects, and in-depth case studies and interviews with vulnerable adults who use horticulture and gardening as a form of therapy, the report: describes and discusses the benefits to vulnerable adults of attending gardening and horticulture projects, provides demographic information about the distribution of projects in the UK and participation in these projects by vulnerable adults, analyses the processes involved in promoting and achieving health and well being outcomes using gardening, horticulture and related activities, makes policy and practice recommendations in respect of how best to promote social inclusion using social and therapeutic horticulture.


Smale , G., Tuson ,G. and , Stathem, D (2000) Social Work and Social Problems: Working Towards Social Inclusion and Social Change.  London: Palgrave Macmillan

The organisation of social work, and social welfare more generally, is changing radically as we move into the 21st century.  This book describes how social work teams can respond to social problems in a way that both deals with immediate need and helps build community capacity.  The authors recognise the need to respond appropriately to crisis where vulnerable children and adults are at risk, but argue that an inappropriate response can compound and perpetuate people's problems.  They suggest that social care organisations need to go beyond operating as aid agencies focusing on the needs of individuals, and should increase their development capacity by working with other agencies and citizens to make communities more supportive and inclusive for vulnerable and excluded people.


The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health  (2002) Making social inclusion a reality for people with severe mental health problems.  London: The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health



Everyone has the right to fulfil positive social roles and contribute to their local community including people with mental health problems.  This publication provides the first in-depth analysis, with examples, of how mental health and other agencies can support people with mental health problems to engage in a full life in the community.  Case studies include schemes in the fields of education, employment, primary care, mental health promotion, police and local government.


The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (2005) Together We Will Change: Community development, mental health and diversity. London: The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health


This publication profiles an example of good practice to improve mental health support for people from black and minority ethnic groups, which uses self-help approaches to mental distress to enable people to find their own solutions.