The Mental Health Foundation site is very
accessible and useful, writes Bob Sapey, lecturer in applied social
science, Lancaster University. I often recommend it to students who
are seeking to learn about specific mental illnesses, as the
information provided tends to accept that there are different
perspectives on mental health problems. There is quite a wide range
of online information, including booklets and fact sheets, as well
as reports on current issues that the foundation is concerned with.
One of the most interesting ways of accessing this site is to go to
the “What’s New” section.


Nigel Turner’s guide to the Mental Health Act
1983 has been around for years now and remains very usable, perhaps
a testament to the value of plain HTML. While other sites have
developed their Java and Flash routines, Turner continues to
provide an accessible online version of the act and very detailed
information about the reviews of this legislation. It is a pity for
approved social workers that they cannot easily carry it with them
at work.


I was going to review a Pro-anna site to show
how alternative views make use of the internet. These sites were
written by people with anorexia to help others to diet and be
anorexic, but they appear to have been removed by service
providers, presumably because they were considered dangerous. This
site also provides an alternative to the medical perspective, with
a very witty imitation of the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders approach to mental health.
As Rufus May, clinical psychologist and ex-psychiatric patient,
once said in a radio interview: “When are we going to pathologise
love – is that going to become obsessive affection disorder?”


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