From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen: Overcoming Discrimination and Social Exclusion

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Macmillan Education UK, Dec 7, 1999 - Political Science - 292 pages
This book proposes theoretical models and practical strategies for tackling the widespread social exclusion faced by people diagnosed mentally ill. Based primarily on research in the US and UK but with reference to other international examples, it analyses evidence of discrimination and the effectiveness of different remedies: disability discrimination law, work to re-frame media and cultural images, grassroots inclusion programmes, challenges to the 'nimby' factor. It places the growing user/survivor and disability movements as central to achieving any radical change.

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About the author (1999)

LIZ SAYCE is Director of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Action Zone. She was formerly Policy Director for Mind (The National Association for Mental Health in the UK) and has written extensively on mental health issues. In the period August 1995-August 1996, she was based at the Bazelon Centre for Mental Health Law, Washington, on a Harkness Fellowship looking into anti-discrimination work in the US.

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