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Title: Mental health services and social inclusion in remote and rural areas of Scotland and Canada : a qualitative comparison
Author: Daly, Clare Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 4453
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of the Highlands and Islands
Date of Award: 2014
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Mental health has become an increasingly importantly focus in the UK policy landscape because of its social and economic impact. However, most research to date has focused on living with mental health issues, or providing mental health services, in urban settings. There is limited understanding of the experiences of rural dwellers with mental health issues or the role of the voluntary sector in terms of its contribution to mental health service provision in rural areas. Thus, this PhD explores the experiences of rural mental health service users and providers in Scotland and Canada, and also considers the contribution of mental health voluntary organisations in helping to overcome the challenges of social exclusion for service users, as identified in previous research. Two theoretical lenses were used to frame the research questions. First, the concept of social inclusion provided a lens to analyse the processes by which service users achieve, or not, a sense of belonging and connection in society (Philo 2000). Second, Putnam's (2000) theory of social capital provided a further analytical lens by which to explore the contribution of rural voluntary organisations. Social capital focuses on the features of populations such as social networks, trust and norms of reciprocity that shape the quality and quantity of social interactions (McKenzie & Harpham 2006). The aims of the research were to: To explore the impact of rural life for mental health service users' daily life and access of services To understand the contribution of rural mental health services to tackling social exclusion for service users The five research questions used in this thesis were: What does it mean to experience mental health problems in remote and rural areas? What are the challenges that service providers face in remote and rural areas? What benefits are there for service users attending voluntary groups in remote and rural areas?
Supervisor: Munoz, Sarah-Anne Sponsor: University of the Highlands and Islands
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mental health services ; Rural health services ; Social integration