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Conclusion: Remoralizing Risk in Mental Health Policy and Practice


Sharland, E and Rovinelli Heller, N and Stanford, S and Warner, J, Conclusion: Remoralizing Risk in Mental Health Policy and Practice, Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice, Palgrave, S Stanford, N Rovinelli Heller, E Sharland & J Warner (ed), Basingstoke, UK ISBN 9781137441355 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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In this concluding chapter, we review the main themes of the book and discuss new directions for policy and practice developments. We summarize the main features and challenges of the risk paradigm that have been elucidated in the book, and reflect on the potential for re-visioning risk and mental health through the lens of human rights and social justice principles. A conceptual shift of this sort reframes mental health risks as physical, social, political, economic and cultural, and helps us to expose the complex relationships and dynamics of power embedded within the neoliberal risk paradigm. It allows us to interrogate, as ethical and moral questions, who should define who or what is a risk, who stands to gain from such definitions and who stands to lose. Critical reflection of this sort, grounded in principles of human rights and social justice, opens up the space for us to recognize and respond to the social suffering that is brought about by use of the idea of risk in mental health policy and practice. In this reflective space, we believe it becomes possible to remoralize risk, and so to take action speaking back to and moving beyond the risk paradigm in mental health.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Mental health, risk, policy, practice, lived experience, ethics, morality
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Stanford, S (Dr Sonya Stanford)
ID Code:112414
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-11-09
Last Modified:2016-12-06

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