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Key Concepts in Mental Health

Key Concepts in Mental Health

Fifth Edition

December 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Now in an updated fifth edition, this book provides readers with overviews of all the key theories, concepts and terminology associated with mental health, summarising them succinctly in a series of easily digestible yet expertly written entries.

Structured into four sections, the text starts with entries related to Mental Health and Mental Abnormality, before moving onto Mental Health Services and Society.

The new edition offers:

  • 68 concise chapters including new entries on ADHD, Secondary Prevention, Challenges for Practitioners, and The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health.
  • Updates across all chapters to make the content more in-line with contemporary critical debates in mental health, including new terminology and references to modern mental health services.
  • A new contextualising introduction on the sticky subject of mental health terminology.
  • Additional further reading examples and suggestions

An essential guide for students of mental health studies, health, nursing, social work, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.

Part 1: Mental Health
Chapter 1: Mental Health
Chapter 2: Wellbeing
Chapter 3: Philosophical Aspects of Mental Health
Chapter 4: Work
Chapter 5: Neuroscience
Chapter 6: Subjective and Objective Aspects of Mental Health
Chapter 7: Sadness
Chapter 8: Fear
Chapter 9: Physical Health
Chapter 10: Pleasure
Chapter 11: Creativity
Chapter 12: Spirituality
Chapter 13: Public Mental Health
Chapter 14: Childhood Adversity
Chapter 15: Attachment Theory
Chapter 16: Mental Health Promotion
Part 2: Mental Abnormality
Chapter 17: Psychiatric Classification
Chapter 18: Lay Views of Mental Disorder
Chapter 19: The Biopsychosocial Model
Chapter 20: Madness
Chapter 21: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 22: Temporo-Spatial Aspects of Mental Abnormality
Chapter 23: Challenging Conducts in Adults and Children
Chapter 24: Self-harm
Chapter 25: Substance Misuse
Chapter 26: Intellectual Disability
Chapter 27: Causes and Consequences of Mental Health Problems
Chapter 28: Trauma
Chapter 29: Psychological Formulations
Chapter 30: The Myth of Mental Illness
Part 3: Mental Health Services
Chapter 31: Primary Care
Chapter 32: Secondary Prevention
Chapter 33: Acute Mental Health Services
Chapter 34: Forensic Mental Health Services
Chapter 35: The Mental Health Service Users’ Movement
Chapter 36: Service-user Involvement
Chapter 37: Carers
Chapter 38: Mental Health Professionals
Chapter 39: Biological Interventions
Chapter 40: Psychological Interventions
Chapter 41: Economic Aspects of Mental Health
Chapter 42: The Quality of Mental Health Care
Chapter 43: Evidence-based Practice
Chapter 44: Recovery
Chapter 45: Coercion
Chapter 46: Corruption of Care
Chapter 47: Malpractice
Chapter 48: Challenges for Practitioners
Part 4: Mental Health and Society
Chapter 49: Mental Health Policy
Chapter 50: Segregation
Chapter 51: Eugenics
Chapter 52: Capacity and Culpability
Chapter 53: Anti-psychiatry
Chapter 54: Labelling Theory
Chapter 55: Stigma
Chapter 56: Social and Cultural Capital
Chapter 57: Social Exclusion
Chapter 58: The Mental Health Impact of Social Media
Chapter 59: Risks to and from People with Mental Health Problems
Chapter 60: The Mass Media
Chapter 61: Social Models of Mental Health
Chapter 62: Suicide
Chapter 63: Social Class
Chapter 64: Race
Chapter 65: Gender/Sex
Chapter 66: Age
Chapter 67: The Pharmaceutical Industry
Chapter 68: Warfare

Whether you’re going into any speciality in nursing: paediatric, adult, mental health, learning disabilities or midwifery, mental health is going to be really important, especially now in 2020. This [book] would be fantastic if you are writing an essay on anything to do with mental health, as there [is] a lot of key information here to reference and support your essay.

(Full video review can be found here:

Grace Barry - Registered Nurse and Blogger

Key Concepts in Mental Health is written very cogently, by someone who fully understands the topics covered. The entries and subjects therein are presented through solid notions of their historical evolution, associated institutions, practices and professions. An essential guide for students, academics and professionals.

Professor Carlos Pires, Pyschology
University of Coimbra

The book very much fits with the ethos of my module. I consider the applied critical, but practical approach fits what most social work practitioners working in and connected to mental health should aim towards. 

Mr Robin Sen, Social Work Lecturer
University of Sheffield

This book will be added to the reading list for students on MSW, offering helpful insight into the intricacies of mental health practice, so relevant for students who are particularly interested in exploring this topic further.

Mrs Aga M Buckley
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University
June 21, 2021

This is an excellent text book presented in four discrete parts that will help mental health student nurses grasp key concepts in mental health.

Dr Kevin Moore
School of Nursing (Magee), Ulster University
August 10, 2020

Key reading for MA students considering the sociology of mental health.

Mr Luke Tibbits
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Coventry University
March 9, 2020

Core text for the module covering many relevant issues with clear concise format

Dr Martin Smith
Department of Social Work and Health, Nottingham Trent University
February 28, 2020

This is an ideal introductory book to support students' understanding of the diversity of issues in mental health practice and to move them away from thinking only of illness paradigms. Social work students often have less exerience of mental health practice and a text that introduces key concepts in this way is invaluable for those going into other fields of practice who need basic knowledge.

Ms Kelly Alexander
Dept of Applied Social Studies, Bedfordshire University
January 6, 2020

Very informative and thought provoking publication - great for introducing key concepts in mental health to healthcare students and provides plenty of material to extend learning and deeper discussion.

Mr Shaun Kershaw
Petroc, Petroc College
December 2, 2020

Key concepts in mental health provides a detailed and thorough overview of mental health for counselling students. It serves as an essential first point of call for 'key concepts' with brief critical appraisal of current and historical thinking.

Dr Stephen James Roberts
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Newman University
June 30, 2020