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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Interview with Mark Brown: The New Mental Health (1)

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28 June

This is just a place-holder - stop-gap, temporary blog-content - until I can post my interview with the editor of One in Four* magazine, Mark Brown.

Mark will be answering questions about The New Mental Health, which, following an important speech that he gave about it at a conference in Perth in Western Australia, he has just announced has been launched.

One in Four is written by people, including Mark, who have mental health difficuties for people - whether or not they have those difficulties - who want to read about the experience of having them or the further difficulties to which they give rise. (One might include construing that sentence!)

As I have grown to like this page, I shall, now that I shall soon be in a position to give Mark's answers to my questions, post the questions here:

1. Mark, you've called this The New Mental Health - what are you hoping for from
that choice of name?

2. Was launching this new approach in your mind before your strong speech in Perth, Australia?

Was there a flow of energy, in both directions, with writing the speech itself and gauging how people related to you and to you giving it?

3. Your magazine, One in Four, seems to distance itself from whether 'mental health difficulties' arise from - and are the field of - medicine by using those words. For you, will that still be the preferred term in talking about The New Mental Health?

4. Providers of services in 'old' mental health are usually hospital trusts, and, although separately set up, are part of the NHS.

Do you think that the NHS links bring with them a tendency towards being averse to risk or to a truly creative input into services from those who receive them?

5. Conversely, and maybe potentially, how might The New Mental Health differ, and what innovations in services and how, where and when they are available are likely?

6. Other than money, and enthusiastic participants, what else do you think that The New Mental Health will need to thrive?

7. Do you also expect any opposition from entrenched old approaches, and, if so, do you yet know how to challenge it?

8. Yes, the dreaded question, but let's make it three years: what do you believe the place of The New Mental Health will be in providing services by then, and why?

9. Finally, what message have you, both for those excited by The New Mental Health, and for the sceptically minded, who might be mindful of the tale of the monarch and his fresh wardrobe?

Follow this link now for the full interview...


* Thanks to an underdeveloped keystroke, that nearly ended up as the rather different One in Fur!



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