Lesson 2 Introduction to the Mental Health Care System

Optional Readings

De-escalation Tips by Crisis Prevention Institute

Crisis Prevention Institute, 2003.

CPI provides a guide to communication as a means to prevention by listing the five keys to empathic listening, as well as the five ways to remain in control of any situation.

Barriers to Mental Health Treatment: Stigma or Self-Sufficiency?

John M. Grohol, Psy.D., World of Psychology blog, PsychCentral, March 2014.

This article addresses the main reasons why people suffereing from mental health disorders do not seek treatment. It discusses the prevailing theories about the stigmas associated with mental health, and compares this to the idea of self-sufficiency (or wanting to handle one’s disease by one’s self).

Barriers to Psychological Care – Topic Overview

WebMD, last updated November 2014.

A topic overview of psychological care, with regard to the client’s feelings about getting help, privacy issues involved, and the seeming lack of people with relatable experiences.

Mental Health Online Course: Module 6: Barriers to Mental Health – (good overview with references)

Unite for Sight

A quick review of possible barriers to mental health treatment including limited availability of medication or treatment professionals, limited affordability, stigmas, and lack of education.


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