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Work and the Mental Health Crisis in Britain

Work and the Mental Health Crisis in Britain

Carl Walker, Ben Fincham

ISBN: 978-0-470-69977-5

Sep 2011

196 pages

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$97.95

Description

Based on recent data gathered from employees and managers, Work and the Mental Health Crisis in Britain challenges the cultural maxim that work benefits people with mental health difficulties, and illustrates how particular cultures and perceptions can contribute to a crisis of mental well-being at work.
  • Based on totally new data gathered from employees and managers in the UK
  • Presents a challenge to much of the conventional wisdom surrounding work and mental health
  • Questions the fundamental and largely accepted cultural maxim that work is unquestionably good for people with mental health difficulties
  • Illustrates how particular cultures of work or perceptions of the experience of work contribute to a crisis of mental well-being at work
  • Fills a need for an up-to-date, detailed work that explores the ways that mental health and work experiences are constructed, negotiated, constrained and at times, marginalised
  • Written in a style that is detailed and informative for academics and professionals who work in the mental health sphere, but also accessible to interested lay readers

About the Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xi

Chapter 1 Introduction: Mental Health, Emotional

Well-Being and 21st Century Work 1

Chapter 2 Getting Britain Back to Work: A Policy Perspective 11

Chapter 3 Mental Health and Work-Experiences of Work
Ben Fincham, Carl Walker with Holly Easlick 39

Chapter 4 Techniques of Identity Governance and Resistance:

Formulating the Neoliberal Worker
Carl Walker, Ben Fincham with Josh Cameron 67

Chapter 5 Managing Mental Health in Organizations 97

Chapter 6 Work/Life Balance and the Individualized

Responsibility of the Neoliberal Worker 133

Chapter 7 Concluding Thoughts: Neoliberalism and the Shrine of Work 147

References 163

Index 179

""While this book is designed for academics and professionals who work in the mental health sphere, it is so well written and so clearly sincere that it makes it extremely accessible to anyone with a general interest in the subject."" (RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal, 10 February 2012)