This thought provoking and highly practical book is not just about caring for the dying within mental health, but also applying the quality care and practice of palliative care within mental health practice. Multidisciplinary in its approach, it focuses on intervention, treatment, care and practice, and the similarities in practice between palliative care and mental health. This common ground is an excellent foundation for integrating palliative care into mental health care, practice and service delivery, succinctly covering all aspects of psychological, physical, social, spiritual, sexual and emotional health. Featuring authoritative contributions from international experts, each chapter develops a theoretical framework before broadening its scope to include application in practice - addressing what, when, where and why with a definite focus on implementation in practice. Self-assessment exercises, advice for further reading, ideas for reflective practice and summaries of key points are also included, aiming above all else to improve the relationships, responses, care and practice necessary to be effective in interventions and treatment with those experiencing mental health concerns and dilemmas. Ideal for all health, social, psychological, legal and spiritual care students and professionals wanting sound theoretical and practical guidance, this book is highly recommended for General Practitioners and General Practice Registrars, healthcare assistants studying NVQ and health visitors. Educationalists, managers and service developers in health and social care will also appreciate its solution-focused, practical approach.

chapter 1|10 pages

Palliative care within mental health: the need

ByJo Cooper, David B Cooper

chapter 2|8 pages

Compassion, respect and dignity

ByDavid B Cooper

chapter 3|11 pages

Overcoming ethical dilemmas

ByCynthia MA Geppert

chapter 4|17 pages

Overcoming cultural dilemmas

ByGeraldine S Pearson

chapter 5|15 pages

The family

ByRobin Davidson, Tracy Anderson

chapter 6|14 pages

End- of- life

ByJo Cooper

chapter 7|23 pages


ByJohn R Ashcroft

chapter 8|36 pages

Pain management

ByPeter Athanasos, Trevor W Mitten, Rose Neild, Charlotte de Crespigny, Lynette Cusack

chapter 9|14 pages

The young person and suicide

ByPhilip James

chapter 10|20 pages

Long- term mental health

ByAlyna Turner, Stephanie Oak, Brian Kelly, Amanda L Baker

chapter 11|18 pages

Dementia, Alzheimer’s and confusion

ByJoyce Simard

chapter 12|15 pages

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and palliative care

ByKay de Vries

chapter 13|18 pages

Euthanasia, assisted suicide and mental health

ByDavid Jeffrey

chapter 14|11 pages

Palliative care and substance use: special considerations

ByRose Neild, Peter Athanasos

chapter 15|15 pages

The heart of care and caring

ByDavid B Cooper, Jo Cooper