Comparative Social Work: Concepts and Contexts for Social Work Practice: Mental Health Connecting People Intervention

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• This talk is a Teaching contribution to Social Work Masters’ students around Comparative Social Work: Concepts and Contexts for Social Work Practice: Mental Health. This talk aims : • To explore how conceptualisations (SW mental health practice) of the problem vary across countries • To examine how possible it is to adapt interventions for use in different countries? • To explore how Connecting People Implementation model is used across countries: UK, Sierra Leonne, & may be DRC • To help future social workers to know how they can deal with people from different ethnic groups or cultures. Background Mental health – worldwide and variations across nations • Mental health problems are a growing public health concern • the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide • Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide • Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide • The treatment gap for people with mental disorders exceeds 50% in all countries of the world, approaching astonishingly. Connecting People implementation • Connecting People is an evidence-informed approach to supporting people with mental health problems to improve their social connections • co-production working group consisting of mental health service users, experts by experience, practitioners, and researchers. • co-developed new practice guidance, a training manual, an implementation manual and a guide to Connecting People. • evaluating the outcomes of the implementation of Connecting People using a controlled design. • Five Mental Health NHS Trusts (Durham, Bradford, Somerset, Essex and Hertfordshire) selected two community mental health teams
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 12 Nov 2018


  • Comparative Social Work: Concepts and Contexts for, Social Work Practice, Mental Health, Connecting People Intervention

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