Education and mental health

Ford, Sheila (1994) Education and mental health. Masters thesis, University of Central Lancashire.

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This study aims to investigate the provision made in further, adult and continuing education for people with mental health
difficulties and to gather information, from them and the staff involved, about the merits of the provision. The information will be used to identify successful practice through the responses of students, people who live with the students and members of the teaching staff. This information can then be used to develop a staff training programme. There are many possible causes of mental ill health and this study will consider the effect of life situations on the mental health of one student.
It will be necessary to define the differences between mental illness and mental handicap as these terms are often confused.
The study will look at the causes and effects of mental illness; the legislation referring to it and the provision being made, by the health and social services, and by voluntary organisations, for people experiencing difficulties. It is intended to consider the problems that people experience when they develop mental illness and to show how these affect their ability to learn.
Using a qualitative rather than a quantitative approach the methods used to elicit the information will be informal
interviews, case studies, questionnaires and diaries.
Students, who will be volunteers, will complete a questionnaire and fill in a diary during their course. They will also collaborate in the writing of a case study with the tutor. Information will also be sought, where possible, from people living with the student, in order to get an overview of the students' difficulties. it is envisaged that this study will highlight some of the difficulties that affect the life of the people experiencing mental health problems.
Information is included about the current development of services for people with mental illness and ways in which the
education service can make a contribution to the provision of routes back into community.

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