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'One town for my body, another for my mind': Services for people with physical impairments and mental health support needs

Jenny Morris

27 May 2004

An exploration of how people with physical impairments and mental health support needs experience mental health and physical disability services.

This study explores the experience of people with physical impairments who also have mental health support needs in accessing mental health and physical disability services. The report identifies what people said they wanted from services. It then looks at people's relationships with mental health services, physical disability services and GPs, before moving on to explore experiences of specific responses to needs, namely medication, 'talking treatments', self-help, complementary therapies and advocacy, and using direct payments or individuals' own resources to purchase support.

Drawing on these experiences, the report considers two major issues: the relationships between impairment, disabling barriers and mental health; and the fragmentation of needs. Finally, the author provides a summary of key issues which need to be addressed by those working in this area. A literature review, which formed the first part of this project, is also published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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