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Shared Lives Needed To Complete Mental Health Revolution

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Tris Brown

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Completing the revolution Transforming mental health and tackling poverty by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ: www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk) argues that the reforms which began with closing down long stay 'asylums' have stalled, because providing real recovery in the community requires a shift in attitudes and inclusion which has not yet happened.
It recommends a holistic and multi-agency approach which works with whole communities and with families: "The family is largely neglected in mental health policy. Although one’s family can be at the root of the mental health problems faced, it can also be at the heart of the solution."

The report also suggests that, "Local authorities should bolster the provision of ‘family-sized’ care through initiatives such as Shared Lives that provide viable and more compassionate alternatives to residential care."

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