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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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    Abstract

    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.

    Item Type: Article
    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 & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care
    Publisher: Pier Professional
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1757-0980
    Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 16:47
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:50
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14899

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