Mental Health Today
This is a useful book addressed to multiple audiences, including those who work in health and social care, their supervisors and managers and those involved in the professional education of practitioners. It considers how health and social care workers (particularly those who work in mental health and child protection) can think about and cope with the very real fears associated with their jobs. It offers an opportunity to think about how to balance the need to do the job with the need to protect yourself from avoidable risk and harm. It also explores avenues of support and ways to deal with the aftermath of frightening situations. The book includes a good mix of quotations from people who have worked in a variety of health settings. It adds a thoughtful commentary, with theory and academic references used appropriately and in moderate doses.
This is an exceptionally interesting, well-written book about an area that is not well covered. It provides an in-depth discussion of how workers in health and social care experience fear and anxiety, and how they might be able to deal with them... At a time of defensive practice and decision-making, and with mounting anxiety about risk-taking, this is an extremely useful and timely publication.