The mental health care policy arena, like other areas of health and social care, involves a number of social groups which at times hold different sets of interests. They also subscribe to varying perspectives of mental health. A‘medicalised’ view of ‘mental illness’ dominates mental health policy and practice both in the UK and in most other countries. However, there is none the less a diversity of conceptualisations of mental health and illness which influence the making and development of mental health policy and the nature of practice.
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