Figure 1 presents a timeline of key activity in mental health policy in the period covered by contributors’ careers. 28 or Bentall’s deconstruction of the conceptual basis of diagnosis.Footnote 25 The latter are concerned with the mental health of the person, and with getting them transported back to Britain… As a first step in tracing out the new language and landscape of mental health care, this paper sets out a research prospectus in the form of a report on a series of witness seminars and interviews concerning the history of mental health services since the Mental Health Act of 1959, which replaced the legislation under which services had been provided since the 1890 Lunacy Act. 4 Department of Health Circular HC(90)23/LASSL(90)11 (London, 1990). A historical narrative structured around rights (to health and liberty) is now complicated by the rise of new organising categories such as ‘costs’, ‘risks’, ‘needs’ and ‘values’. "metricsAbstractViews": false, Seminars were also attended by a group of interested academics and postgraduate students, who contributed to the discussion. Rose, op. 180–294. chap. While these tropes have illuminated many aspects of the history of psychiatry, there is a striking divergence between the ‘single-issue mythologies’Footnote Indeed, the language of mental health has changed. See for example the second (1981) edition of Shepherd et al., Psychiatric Illness in General Practice and D. Tantam and D. Goldberg, ‘Primary medical care’ in Douglas H. Bennett and Hugh L. Freeman, Community Psychiatry: The Principles (London: Churchill Livingstone, 1991), 361–85.Google Scholar, 111. [18] China was one of the earliest developed civilizations in which medicine and attention to mental … All the proceedings were taped and transcribed to provide the basis for this report. In view of the purpose of the seminars, the group was not constructed as a representative sample. The disenchanted professional view held that, as above, the movement of patients out of psychiatric hospitals into the community – ‘decarceration’ – was a good idea spoiled by inadequate resources. Testing vertical aerial photography methods at British Camp on the Malvern Hills. National Institute for Mental Health in England, New Ways of Working for Everyone: Progress Report, April 2007 (London: Department of Health, 2007).Google Scholar, 109. Attitudes towards mental illness is an area that has seen massive change in Britain’s recent history. 58 When confronted with unexplainable, irrational behavior and by suffering and upheaval, people have perceived evil. Trevor Turner, Consultant Psychiatrist; Clinical Director, City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health. Fulford, K.W.M, Moral Theory and Medical Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989).Google Scholar, 101. This was easier said than done. Clinicians also pointed to the constricting impact on practice of an emphasis on suicide risk and the associated formal structure of inquiries. 119 10 Report of the Committee on Mentally Abnormal Offenders, Cmnd 6244 (London: HMSO, 1975).Google Scholar, 65. The voice of the service user will be represented not only as a set of individual narratives but also as a social and political movement, part of civil society, and an important strand in the history of clinical practice. No consistent series of data exist for those outside NHS residential care. The 1959 Mental Health Act and the 1962 Hospital Plan presaged the rundown of the asylums and the assimilation of psychiatric care into the wider hospital system. In the 1970s, the Mental Health Research Fund allocated £87,000 in research grants - double that of a decade earlier - and this rapid expansion was soon accompanied by structural change. People with Learning Disabilities in England 2011: Services and Supports (London: Learning Disabilities Observatory, 2012). Sixty years later, most service users passed most of their lives without legal constraint outside hospital, supported by a number of professions. 99 Nicola Glover-Thomas, ‘The Age of Risk: Risk Perception and Determination Following the Mental Health Act 2007’, Medical Law Review, 19, 4 (2011), 604.Google Scholar, 69. Rose, op. 47. Educating people about mental health and raising awareness can help to better understand and support patients suffering from depression or anxiety. "comments": true, History films are doubly entertaining when they shed new light on the present moment. (S3282_V_0651), Women outside the 3000th Easiform dwelling to be completed in Bristol, watching the opening ceremony through a ground floor window as a policeman guards the entrance nearby, © Historic England Archive. As the number of patients in long-term residential care, or requiring care in the community, has increased, the share of the cost borne by public expenditure has dropped.Footnote Cooper, David, Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry (London: Paladin, 1971).Google Scholar, 81. This did not reduce the remembered frustration at the inadequate resources made available: ‘for a long time community care was largely a myth: everybody agreed it was a good thing and we should have more of it, but resources were simply not allocated in that direction.’Footnote In particular, the delivery of community-based services depended on the relations between specialist services and GPs on the one hand, and between doctors (and psychologists) and nurses on the other. Sarah Hayley York, ‘Suicide, Lunacy and the Asylum in Nineteenth Century England’, University of Birmingham PhD thesis, 2009, esp. Nagata, Takako Louis Appleby, Transcript, 21 June 2011, 11.Google Scholar, 45. Mental illness and the British Royal Family. Over the same period, evidence-based developments in psychological treatment expanded the range of interventions available, and, more generally, the development of a scientific literature led to a greater homogenisation of methods,Footnote Charles Mercier, reporting on recent medico-legal cases in Journal of Mental Science, 42 (1896), 230. and he was a principal, though not the only, target of a sustained rebuttal of challenges to the notion of mental illness as disease.Footnote Contributors were drawn exclusively from England, and the cultural and institutional differences of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are consequently not addressed in this paper.Google Scholar, 4. Witnesses were able to point out that NHS expenditure had normally not kept pace with changes in need (except, briefly, in the increased spending of the last Labour government), that it continued to fall behind growth in expenditure on physical medicine, and that within the mental health budget there have been contestable allocations with rapid recent increases (as noted previously) in spending on forensic and secure services, an emphasis on services for adults of working age at the expense of children and older people, and persistent large variations between regions. History of Mental Illness Treatment Trephination. In this series Guardian writers examine the state of mental health in Britain. Hailey, Evaluating a Community Psychiatric Service: The Camberwell Register 1964–71 (Oxford: OUP, 1972); D.H. Bennett and H.L. Since the turn of the century, the issue of mental health finally began to come to the fore in debate about the future direction of the NHS. McCusker, Pearse Goldberg, op. Under this scheme, key workers from either the NHS or local authority social services would be charged with coordinating the delivery of individual patient care.Footnote In some instances, by contrast, it became clear that the experience of participants contributed only a very preliminary stage in the development of an important question. (note 40), 5.Google Scholar, 52. 16 From Bethlehem to Bedlam - England's First Mental Institution This section explains the origins of the 'Bethlem', England's first hospital for the mentally ill. With its somewhat scandalous history it came to represent all institutions of its kind in the public imagination. In the regime of segregation and compulsory confinement that subsisted until the mid-twentieth century and beyond, it was taken as read that the risk of self-harm or violence was a reason for confinement, which could often induce families or communities to prefer the asylum in individual cases to other forms of care.Footnote et al. But Kathleen Jones, a non-psychiatrist delivering the Maudsley Lecture in 1978, remarked that ‘behind the rhetorical excesses and the studied irrationality there are some serious points for psychiatry to consider’, in particular that ‘the patient’s view of what is happening to him is as valid as that of the therapist, and therapists ought to listen as well as to prescribe’.Footnote Department of Health Circular HC(90)23/LASSL(90)11 (London, 1990). ), The Griffiths NHS Management Inquiry: Its Origins, Nature and Impact (London: LSHTM, 2010).Google Scholar, 28. 30 Hall, op. 42 Szasz regarded mental illness as a construct misappropriating medical concepts in order to control people whose behaviour was regarded as alarming or offensive.Footnote There was growing awareness that service users’ experience was skewed by ethnicity and gender: young black men were disproportionately subject to compulsory treatment for severe mental illness, women were over-represented among users presenting with mild to moderate illness. (note 17), 3.Google Scholar, 20. David M. Clark, Transcript, 17 December 2010, 14. Colin Jones has argued that the term has included serious content-based critique of psychiatry, a ‘gestural politics of carnivalesque inversion and symbolic performance’, and the exploration of new paradigms of knowledge about what it is to be human.Footnote 29 66 A number of speakers and many of the other participants attended for more than one seminar, lending a degree of continuity and integrity to the discussions in which service users and professionals were engaged. cit. Freeman, op. Moreover, the increase in expenditure on targeted activities had been accompanied by disinvestment in other areas, and a very large proportion of new spending had been directed at secure environments and forensic services rather than at the community services which might reduce the need for such services.Footnote Sarah Hayley York, ‘Suicide, Lunacy and the Asylum in Nineteenth Century England’, University of Birmingham PhD thesis, 2009, esp. Promoting Mental Health Through the Lessons of History started off as three podcast series. But beware modern diagnoses of medieval mental health. More significant changes followed the first Griffiths Report in 1983 into the management of the NHS.Footnote Given this widespread preoccupation with cost and resource constraints, historians will find it necessary, but difficult, to go behind these words and selected indicative statistics to build a balanced and informative picture of changes over time in actual resource allocation and the policies which drove it. Psychiatric hegemony was challenged by new professions, by new conceptions of mental distress, and by a new assertiveness on the part of service users, as well as by the incursions of public policy and policymakers into clinical autonomy. The extent of mental health problems in the UK was now clear – statistics showed that one in four people experience mental ill health each year. The evolution of the NSF is described by the chairman of the External Reference Group in G. Thornicroft, ‘National Service Framework for Mental Health’, The Psychiatrist, 24 (2000), 203–6.Google Scholar, 46. Alongside the recognition of extra expenditure on services was the view that New Labour had been socially authoritarianFootnote The disclosures of ill-treatment and malpractice in Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Allegations of Ill-Treatment of Patients and other irregularities at the Ely Hospital, Cardiff, Cmnd 3975 (London: HMSO, 1969) were followed by 17 further enquiries in the subsequent decade of which the most notable related to Whittingham Hospital (1972), Napsbury Hospital (1973), South Ockendon Hospital (1974) and Normansfield Hospital (1978).Google Scholar, 9. Changes over the period can also be described, if only partially, in figures. Hostname: page-component-b4dcdd7-tf8mx This recommended the introduction of regional and district managers into the health service and the devolution of decision-making to hospital level. This data will be updated every 24 hours. Policy innovation was traced to leaps of faith and changing values as well as to the evidence base. National Institute for Mental Health in England, Components of a modern mental health service: a pragmatic balance of community and hospital care, See for example the second (1981) edition of Shepherd. Anthony Sheehan, Mental Health Nurse; formerly Chief Executive, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, formerly Director of Mental Health and subsequently Director-General, Health & Care Partnerships, Department of Health. King’s Fund, An Ordinary Life: Comprehensive Locally-based Residential Services for Mentally-handicapped People (London: King’s Fund, 1980).Google Scholar, 38. History of Mental Health Law by Rod Campbell-Taylor While at their best law and medicine are mutually supportive disciplines, their relationship, particularly in the realm of the restraint and treatment of those considered mentally ill has been far from harmonious. Martin Knapp and Martin Prince, Dementia UK: The Full Report (London: Alzheimer’s Society, 2007), esp. 38 (note 50), 9; Division of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology: The Core Purpose and Philosophy of the Profession (Leicester: British Psychological Society, 2010), defines formulation as ‘…the summation and integration of the knowledge that is acquired by th[e] assessment process that may involve psychological, biological and systemic factors and procedures. Services thereafter developed against a background of serial reorganisations of the NHS and local government. On present-centredness in historical interpretation, see Adrian Wilson and T.G. Stewart, Ailsa When Henry VIII dissolved the religious orders, he seized the Bethlem Hospital in London, England's only asylum for the mentally ill. While this has prompted passionate controversy over many years about the principles of public funding for care, no consistent distinction has been made in that debate between mental and physical reasons for dependency and ‘meaningful comparisons’ are consequently difficult. cit. The coalition government’s policy paper, No Health without Mental Health, was only published in February 2011, while the seminar programme was under way. Matsuda, Taro cit. 48 For a partial exception, see Cathy Smith, ‘Family, Community and the Victorian Asylum: A Case Study of Northampton General Lunatic Asylum and its Pauper Lunatics’, Social Inclusion, Social Quality and Mental Illness. Historians of mental health services engaging with the history of psychiatric science will also need to address more recent and more eclectic critiques of psychiatry, connecting traditional anti-psychiatry challenges to the intellectual (and hence political) authority of psychiatric theory with new widely varying scientific and philosophical contributions to that theory, such as Thomas and Bracken’s attack on ‘bioreductionism’Footnote Wing, op. Bracken, P. and Thomas, P., Postpsychiatry: Mental Health in a Postmodern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).Google Scholar, 100. It examines the Coronavirus Act 2020 which provides for temporary changes to the detention and treatment of patients under the Mental Health Act 1983, and the potential impact on human rights. David Goldberg, Transcript, 17 December 2010, 30. Another psychiatrist located its influence on front-line practice rather than psychiatric theory: …the notion of mental illness or mental health was decried and denied by your average social worker who saw this all as social construction, capitalism, call it what you will…. 21 (note 21), 16.Google Scholar, 62. Goldberg, op. 9 The challenge for historians is to explicate the links between these developments and, on the one hand, the scientific and cultural critiques of psychiatric practice covered by the term ‘anti-psychiatry’ (and discussed further below) and on the other hand the internalisation of service user demands into the actual practice of mental health services towards the end of the period. To the outsider the mental health professions appear notably tribal, even to the extent of identifying specific positions within clinical and scientific debates with loyalty to specific professional communities.Footnote NICE guidelines, overtly based on research evidence, have been the principal engine of change in psychiatric practice in Britain in the last decade, but historians are bound to ask whether the conclusions drawn from evidence have been influenced by competing professional interests as well as by evidence, and to seek to measure how far the guidelines have in fact been absorbed into practice. , ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapy: Initial Evaluation of Two UK Demonstration Sites’, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 8 (2009), 637–728.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed, 14. Policy aspirations are encapsulated in two documents: Department of Health and Social Security, The disclosures of ill-treatment and malpractice in, Psychiatry as Political Science: Advanced Liberalism and the Administration of Risk, Service Utilization in 1896 and 1996: Morbidity and Mortality Data from North Wales, Community Mental Health Teams: A Guide to Current Practices. 100 Andrew Roberts, a service user who has taken a leading role in developing a service user perspective on the history of the movement, is one who has criticised this line of argument. The Bethlem at this time could only hold a maximum of 40 people and was often only half full. Increases in the complexity of data collected across the NHS in recent decades, accompanied by a growth in the number and type of reporting entities, have improved the validity of some measures but reduced the reliability of national aggregates. Greater exposure for the service user viewpoint has manifestly not been followed by complete satisfaction of service user demands, and this clearly requires nuanced historical treatment. Response to crisis was held to explain new organisational and procedural demands on mental health services such as the Care Programme Approach (‘a central imposition [in the] 1994 guidance arising out of the Clunis affair’Footnote It would in any case be difficult to embody a ‘typical’ range of clinicians in a few members of each profession and, indeed, any such selection on our part would have involved begging the question. There are few lunacy commissions for England in the 20th century. cit. This law paved the way for the foundation of the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) in 1949. In the eyes of the law, mentally ill people lacked the capacity to reason, so a Court of Wards would hand the responsibility for their affairs to someone else. 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