INTRODUCTION Th is book is about care, practice, intervention and palliative treatment within mental health services. Th is includes:

➤ person-centred practice ➤ relationship-based connectedness ➤ care and practice ➤ cultural dilemmas ➤ ethical dilemmas ➤ a belief in compassion, respect and dignity in care and practice ➤ respect for autonomy and choice ➤ quality of life issues ➤ the family as the unit of care ➤ the need for democratic and intra-/inter-disciplinary team work.