Advancements in research in psychological science have afforded great insights into how our minds work. Making an Impact on Mental Health analyses contemporary, international research to examine a number of core themes in mental health, such as mindfulness and attachment, and provides an understanding of the sources of mentally ill health and strategies for remediation.

The originality of this work is the embedding of psychological science in an evolutionary approach. Each chapter discusses the context of a specific research project, looking at the methodological and practical challenges, how the results have been interpreted and communicated, the impact and legacy of the research and the lessons learnt. As a whole, the book looks at how social environments shape who we are and how we form relationships with others, which can be detrimental, but equally a source of flourishing and well-being.

Covering a range of themes conducive to understanding and facilitating improved mental health, Making an Impact on Mental Health is invaluable reading for advanced students in clinical psychology and professionals in the mental health field.

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Psychological Impacts on Mental Health

How psychological science informs how we approach mental health
ByJames N. Kirby, Paul Gilbert

chapter 1|39 pages

Evolutionary Functional Analysis

The study of social mentalities, social rank and caring-compassion
ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 2|28 pages

The Influence of Attachments in Close Relationships on Mental Health

ByChristopher A. Pepping, Geoff MacDonald

chapter 3|26 pages

Parenting, Family Environments, and Mental Health and Illness

ByJames N. Kirby, Cassandra L. Tellegen

chapter 4|30 pages

Shame Memories That Shape Who We Are

ByMarcela Matos, Stan Steindl, Paul Gilbert, José Pinto-Gouveia

chapter 5|26 pages

The Rise of Mindfulness and Its Impact on Mental Health and Well-Being

ByFelicia A. Huppert, Nickolas Yu

chapter 6|36 pages

A New Model for Sustainable Mental Health

Integrating well-being into psychological treatment
ByErnst T. Bohlmeijer, Gerben J. Westerhof