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Article Type: Editorial From: Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Volume 15, Issue 3
As always, we start with our regular features. Simon Lawton-Smith provides his usual invaluable overview of current developments in mental health policy across the UK. Sue Holttum reflects on two recent research papers, one a review of research into approaches to tackling stigma and discrimination, the other an exploration of how people with bipolar disorder retain employment.
In 2008, the Royal College of Psychiatrists set up a working group to examine the nature of social exclusion and how it affects people with mental health problems and those with learning difficulties. The findings of the group were published last year as a book. Drawing from this publication, Jed Boardman provides an excellent overview of the topic, as well as drawing out implications for mental health services.
Elizabeth Wakely and Jerome Carson complete their fascinating series on historical “Recovery Heroes”, this time profiling Isaac Newton. They explore how Newton’s traumatic upbringing, mental health problems and difficulties in personal interaction with others may, ironically, have led to the single-mindedness, focus and dedication that enabled him to make his enormous contributions to science.
Annie Yin-Har Lau and Michael Ridge examine the impact of social exclusion on mental health in Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities, and make suggestions for services needed to address them.
Carol Prendergast and Poonam Swan provide a profile of Kim Noble, a highly talented painter who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). Kim has used her art in a highly creative and empowering way, and as a tool for helping her connect with others.
And finally, Alan Currie explores the role that psychiatrists can play in promoting recovery orientated and social-inclusive practice within mental health services.
As always – do let us know about any creative approaches to promoting social inclusion. And do tell us what you think of the journal and how we can improve it!