Chapter 2.5: Conscientization and Transformation in the Workplace: New Forms of Democracy for Mental Health Services

  • Mick McKeown
  • Fiona Edgar
  • Helen Spandler
  • Lynda Carey


This chapter presents thinking emerging from trade union and service user movement forums about the desirability of closer dialogue and alliances in a context of neo-liberal threats to public health and welfare systems. Freirian ideas underpin conclusions advocating development of inclusive workplace democracies for better organising mental health care. Such models for praxis need not be restricted to mental health, but this focus presents opportunities to consider some key issues that could either open up or close down liberatory potential.


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  • Mick McKeown
    • 1
  • Fiona Edgar
    • 1
  • Helen Spandler
    • 1
  • Lynda Carey
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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