Category: Glossary

Stigma

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

Society’s negative attitude to people, often caused by lack of understanding. Stigma is a major problem for people who experience mental ill health.

Social inclusion

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

Ensuring that vulnerable or disadvantaged groups are able to access all of the activities and benefits available to anyone living in the community.

Service user

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

This is someone who uses health services. Some people use the terms patient or client instead.

Secondary care

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

Specialised treatment usually provided by a hospital.

Respite care

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

An opportunity for a carer to have a break.

Rehabilitation

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

A programme of therapy and re-enablement designed to restore independence and confidence and reduce disability.

Psychologist

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

A mental health professional who specialises in talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

Psychiatrist

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

A medical doctor specialising in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental illness.

Primary care

Written by Richard Lalchan on September 20, 2010

Health services, which are first point of contact for patients, e.g. GP surgeries, pharmacists, local dentists, opticians etc.