Distant Voices Still Lives: reflections on the impact of media reporting of the cases of Christopher Clunis and Ben Silcock
Cummins, ID 2010, 'Distant Voices Still Lives: reflections on the impact of media reporting of the cases of Christopher Clunis and Ben Silcock ' , Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 3 (4) , pp. 18-29.
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One of the main features of the reform of the Mental Health Act (2007) was the introduction of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs). CTOs represent a fundamental shift in the rights of people with severe mental health problems, who have been detained in hospital under section 3 MHA and subsequently discharged. The call for the introduction of CTOs or similar legislation has been a feature of mental health policy over the past twenty years. Despite the detailed discussion of the relationship between ethnicity and psychiatry, very has been little attention to the way that race was a factor in the community care scandals of the 1990s. This article, through the consideration of two very high profile cases Christopher Clunis and Ben Silcock, explores the media’s influence on the construction of the debate in this area. In particular, it explores the way that the media reporting of the two cases had a role in not only perpetuating racial stereotyping but also the stigmatizing of those experiencing acute mental health problems. In addition, with the use of government papers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, it considers the response to and attempts to influence the media debate at that time.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||race, media, deinstitutionalisation, mental illness|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine|
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
Health and Wellbeing
|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care|
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work > Centre for Social Justice Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care|
|Depositing User:||Users 47901 not found.|
|Date Deposited:||20 Apr 2011 16:47|
|Last Modified:||16 Mar 2012 16:05|
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