Emerging Policy Perspectives

  • Shulamit Ramon
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Part of the Issues in Mental Health book series (IMH)

Abstract

Mental health policies form an integral part of social policies concerning marginalised groups in society. Marginalisation refers in this case to a high degree of stigmatisation and relative poverty, being in need of social support above the ordinary during periods of inability to function at the same level as others, resulting in social powerlessness.1 This is also reflected in the marginality of mental health policies within the study of social policy as a discipline. Most general texts on social policy do not even mention this area, and usually just have a short section entitled ‘the disabled’ or ‘elderly and disabled people’.2

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