Community Mental Health in Canada, Revised and Expanded Edition
512 pages, 6 x 9
3 diagrams, 3 graphs
Release Date:15 Nov 2013
Release Date:15 Nov 2013
Release Date:15 Nov 2013

Community Mental Health in Canada, Revised and Expanded Edition

Theory, Policy, and Practice

UBC Press

When it was first published in 2006, Community Mental Health in Canada was hailed as a much-needed critical overview of the provision of public mental health services in Canada. Comprehensive in scope, its coverage included:

  • the prevalence and impact of mental illness in Canada
  • the complementary and conflicting interests of stakeholder groups, such as mental health professionals, clients, families, governments, and drug companies
  • strengths and limitations of models of care and practice approaches
  • current and developing initiatives in treatment, rehabilitation, housing, and criminal justice programs
  • the clinical benefits and costs of particular interventions
  • the legal and ethical basis of mental health practice.

This much-awaited new edition of the book has been substantially revised and expanded to include:

  • a deeper discussion of stigma, the recovery vision, the pharmaceutical industry, the assessment process, and mental health law
  • new topics, such as the two-continua model of mental health/mental illness, rural mental health, and prevention and health promotion
  • recent developments stemming from recommendations of the 2006 Senate report on mental health, including the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2007 and its influential national mental health strategy released in 2012.

This book fills a gap in the literature in its analysis of both clinical mental health practice and the structural context within which it is situated. Accessibly written and highly informative, it is an indispensable resource for students, practitioners, and policymakers, as well as service recipients, their families, and interested members of the public.

An indispensable resource for students, practitioners, and policymakers and for all those interested in how services are provided to persons with mental health problems.

This book makes an important and unique contribution to understanding mental health issues in Canada, as well as across North America. Most books focus on mental health disorders and neglect the vast areas of service provision and delivery with their attendant complexities. Simon Davis has done an excellent job of covering all of these facets in this comprehensive and well-referenced book. Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Simon Davis is a manager in mental health and addictions with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. He is also an instructor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Social Work and in the post-degree program in psychosocial rehabilitation at Douglas College.

Preface to the New Edition


1 Frames of Reference

2 Priorities and Needs: Who Is Being Helped?

3 Illness Burden and Prevention

4 Stigma

5 The Recovery Vision

6 Culture

7 Practitioners, Clients, and Family Members

8 The Drug Companies

9 Reforming Mental Health: Deinstitutionalization and Beyond

10 The Evidence Base and “Best Practices”

11 The Continuum of Mental Health Services

12 Housing

13 The Interface with the Criminal Justice System

14 Assessment and Diagnosis

15 Medical Management

16 Educations, Skills Training, and Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches

17 Occupation

18 The Legal and Ethical Context of Mental Health Practice

Afterword: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges



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