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Psychology Without Psy Professionals: Exploring an Unemployed Centre Families Project as a Mental Health Resource

Walker, C, Hanna, P and Hart, A (2015) Psychology Without Psy Professionals: Exploring an Unemployed Centre Families Project as a Mental Health Resource Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.

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Abstract

The activities and technologies of the psychology (Psy) disciplines, in the process of privileging professional understandings of distress, could be seen to be potentially facilitating corrosion in the capacity of the lay public to understand and ameliorate their distress. This paper draws on the experiences of people who use an Unemployed Centre Families Project in the South of England to provide an example of community mental health work that does not draw on the dominant discourses, institutions or practitioners of the Psy sciences. Through interviews with centre users, staff and volunteers, a picture emerges of a community space that provides a variety of services, projects and opportunities that have a very considerable positive impact on the mental well-being of the centre users. This picture highlights non-medical intersubjective processes that offer possibilities for recoveries from mental distress but that are often neglected and subordinated in the professional worlds of Psy and psychiatry. Such centres facilitate social networks and practical help, and transitions in identity can be beneficial for those experiencing mental distress. In so doing, they make prominent some of the key limitations of biomedical approaches to recovery.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Walker, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hanna, Pp.hanna@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Hart, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2015
Identification Number : 10.1002/casp.2226
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:33
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820442

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