The purpose of this paper is to discuss a social constructionist point of view about mental health in contrast to the medical model.
This is a discussion paper bringing together two systems of thought concerning mental health and its origins.
It is not clear that there is any substantive evidence to support the medical model of mental illness.
Researchers may be helped to consider a qualitative approach to knowledge rather than the traditional positivist approach.
This paper will help people to think about mental health in a way that is not orthodox.
It will bring an understanding that even though mental illness is not an illness in the traditional sense, there is still no blame or shame associated with it.
The author is an active operational senior manager at a user-led community mental health organisation with over 20 years’ experience in the field. The organisation and its services track a social constructionist philosophy.
Bradley, M. (2022), "The social construction of mental illness in contrast to medical models", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-07-2022-0042
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